Here, we champion the best under-the-radar music for your listening pleasure
Scroll to the end of the post for our Spotify playlist of showcased tracks
Tiggs Da Author – Georgia
There are few better places to make a lasting impression than Glastonbury, and recent Sony signee Tiggs Da Author emerged as a real rising star at Worthy Farm.
The Tanzanian-born singer has amassed a handful of songs bursting with exuberance and wit, and while the major-label push he’s received has taken him down some wrong turns, when standing on his own two feet he truly impresses.
He may be grounded in the burgeoning UK rap scene (he’s guested on tracks by Blades Brown and Nines), but influences ranging from soul to old-school R&B and reggae separate him from the crowd. Tiggs’ songs also have a great sense of narrative – something which is particularly notable on ‘Georgia’, perhaps the highlight of his output thus far.
The Gotobeds – Real Maths/Too Much
Pittsburgh post-punk band The Gotobeds have lit up music blogs recently with the release of RHCP-parodying debut album Blood//Sugar//Secs//Traffic, and it’s not difficult to see why Sub Pop (the legendary indie label known for signing Nirvana) took a chance on them.
There’s some real pop sensibility behind frontman Eli Kasan’s hard-hitting punk vocal delivery, with the band finding order in the chaos of a remarkably consistent debut album. Scuzzy garage opener ‘Real Maths/Too Much’ is the best track to check out for first-time listeners of a band destined for bigger things.
Hare Squead – If I Ask
Much has been made of the rap’s explosion out of the urban areas of London and Birmingham, but Hare Squead look set to put Dublin on the hip-hop map after signing a deal with Columbia.
Debut single ‘If I Ask’ is a club-ready electronic dance track that suggests the trio could make waves on the charts very soon.
There’s no shortage of pretenders trying to infiltrate mainstream clubs at the moment, but this three-piece really do feel like the real deal – and support slots with rap royalty De La Soul are only increasing their ever-growing profile.
Hucks – Second in Line
Essex-based five-piece Hucks have preceded a performance at London’s Borderline with the release of their best track yet.
The moody and atmospheric ‘Second In Line’ fits right in with the shoegaze revival, with some great, shimmering guitar parts.
Sounding more fully formed with each release, it’s well worth following this understated indie-pop outfit as they explore new avenues and begin to find their sound.
Night Flowers – Glow in the Dark
If it’s glistening, sickly-sweet indie you’re after, the brilliant Night Flowers are the band to try.
Their latest seven inch release ‘Glow In The Dark’, which the band are launching in London next month with a gig at The Victoria, is a delightfully romantic dream-pop track which benefits enormously from the vocal talent of Boston-born singer Sophia Pettit.
The track is also notable for its inspired video, which the band say “intends to capture Tokyo as a living, breathing and sleepless organism, and induce a feeling of jetlagged, punchdrunk euphoria”. Whether you fancy having those feelings induced or not, the band are well worth checking out on their upcoming summer live dates.