We’ve picked The Woods as our Artist Of The Week! The Woods is the musical brainchild of Scottish producer/vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Johnny McFazden. With a soulful hypnotic voice that echoes with inflections of Jeff Buckley, backed by moody R&B-tinged electronic production reminiscent of some of James Blake’s early work, McFazden makes things his own by adding gentle folk-ish elements. A deft aural juggler, The Woods makes poignant music that gently commands your attention, and then rewards you for your time. While we’ve selected “Armchair Expert” to showcase The Woods’ brilliant sound, by the time you’re reading this, his new EP Night Silk Threads will be out, which we highly recommend checking out too!
Artist of the week
Nature TV is our Artist Of The Week! This group of four “door-to-door heartbreak salesmen” are based in Brighton, crafting poppy, funky, laid-back indie rock, equally perfect for lounging in the sunshine with mates or hiding from spring showers with a good book. We’ve picked their tune “Get High / Get Down” for you to check out below, with it’s shimmery groove that’ll get your toes tapping:
A singer-songwriter based in London, Yvonne Hercules is our Artist Of The Week! Coming across footage of Lightnin’ Hopkins performing truly inspired her to want to hone her songwriting and playing ability. Her music is a culmination of folk, blues, rock & soul with a discerning edge underpinned by honest, thought-provoking lyrics, with inflections of her parents’ record collection that featured traditional Nigerian music, reggae, Motown & soul that played a part in her musical upbringing.
We think her song “Roving” perfectly encapsulates her unique multi-genre sound, so check it out below:
Izzy Thomas is this week’s Artist Of The Week! Izzy sports a sound that takes tried n’ true alt-rock sonics, that then get layered over heavy hip-hop inflected electronic beats that hit like a freight train, making for a refreshing take that keeps things exciting. On top of that, her powerhouse, blues-influenced vocals add heft that will get heads nodding in no time! We love her latest single “Trouble (Pull That Trigger)”, as it perfectly highlights both her incredible voice and her unique production choices:
London-based artist and producer Darshaan is our Artist Of The Week! Once he picked up his first guitar at age 11, he knew music was the road for him, gigging around Cardiff’s open mic circuit, going on to study music production at BIMM London. He played gigs at some of London’s most storied venues, with his soulful pop/R&B sound that fans of Daniel Caesar, Years & Years and Jamie Issac are sure to love. His latest single, the summery “Watercolours.” premiered on the Bobby Friction Show on BBC Asian Network, and just so happens to be our choice cut too!