Artist of the week
This week’s Artist of The Week has been chosen by TuneCore who give artists the opportunity to sell their music online whilst keeping 100% of the sales revenue.
Originally from North Yorkshire, singer-songwriter Jamie Grey released his EP “To Get Here” in September and within hours of its release to iTunes it hit the top 10 in the RnB charts. “The music I grew upon, I was really inspired by 90s RnB music,” says Jamie. “That was what I was really into, and I think that’s influenced the songs I write”. Jamie music brings together the sounds of 90s RnB – including its signature acoustic licks and slick production values – with his own individual stripped-back writing style. This, alongside the raw vulnerability of his unmistakable voice combine to give a very radio friendly and currently blend of RnB and modern pop. Jamie regularly demos new material on his growing YouTube channel, and since the release of his EP has been featured by emerging talent powerhouses Sofar Sounds and the Reload Sessions. A headline session at The Finsbury in North London takes place on February 23rd, marking the start of a year which hopefully brings some great things.
Opening up with a funky rhythm and silky smooth vocals laced with a voice full of pain and passion – Jamie Grey is the cool character on this weeks playlist. Instant comparisons come to mind of artists such as Maroon 5 and Justin Timberlake listening to Jamie, and ‘I like to think you do’ makes the most of a catchy hook (that has me singing along after just one listen I might add). I’m definitely excited for the potential young Jamie Grey holds for the future and a strong, soulful start to the year.
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Their track Priestess is a rousing 7 1/2 minute affair that builds throughout, touching on a number of different musical genres and climaxing with solos from saxophone and guitar. Instrumentation in the verses is stripped back allowing the vocal space to glide over the top.
The great thing about this song is each time you think you have a handle on what’s coming next you are greeted with a pleasant surprise. Whether it’s the Chemical Brothers style dance rhythms, etherial guitar sounds or the entry of the tenor sax solo, ‘Priestess’ takes many twists and turns, culminating in what feels like an improvised live track.
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Artist of The Week are Seramic, chosen by Jolyon at Charmfactory PR. Seramic’s track ‘People Say’ is drenched with soul, showing similarities to early Curtis Mayfield, juxtaposed with a more modern electronic production twist. Definitely worth a listen!
“Something that really caught my eye over the festive period, was Seramic. A somewhat mysterious outfit/person. They dropped their debut offering ‘People Say’ just before 2015 closed for business, allowing just enough time for a few people to tout them as ones to watch for 2016. Luscious choral arrangements are placed alongside murky electronic instrumentals, with a gloriously soulful vocal guiding the song throughout, ‘People Say’ has more than enough about it to warrant lofty expectations for them this year. If you wanted some comparisons, I suppose you could say it’s a heady amalgamation of D’Angelo-esque RnB, Leon Bridges-tinged blues, with a few Ben Khan-ish electronics thrown in for good measure. Certainly a very exciting prospect.”