Last week’s Mercury Music Prize emphasised just how many brilliant musicians we have in the UK right now. Sampha claimed the prize with his stunning debut album ‘Process’ while fellow candidates Loyle Carner and Glass Animals also showed us the array of great music about in 2017. Here’s three other acts we could add under that title who’ve grabbed our attention new tracks this week. We’ve bigged up homegrown talent enough so let’s start on the other side of the world shall we…

Confidence Man – ‘Better Sit Down Boy’

Aussie four-piece Confidence Man are, well, growing in confidence. After dropping floor-filler ‘Boyfriend (Repeat)’ earlier this summer, they’ve moved swiftly onto making another banger. ‘Better Sit Down Boy’ has similar shake-ability to jangly 90s club tune ‘Groove Is In The Heart’ by Deee-Lite and will have you dancing around your kitchen until the early hours with its bonkers percussion. Simply put; they’re The Ting Tings that you’re not afraid to show your mates. – Josh Shreeve

 

Jessie Ware – ‘Alone’

The third single to be released prior to Jessie Ware’s third album ‘Glasshouse’ due out 20 October 2017, encapsulated what we love most about the queen of mellow-pop. It’s sophisticated yet sultry, heartfelt yet beautifully simplistic. Like a good brew on a Sunday morning, ‘Alone’ is warm, inviting and smooth. The single follows the lusciously Latina influenced ‘Selfish Love’ – released a week before the birth of her first child, a notable influence on what could well be her most mature and elegant album to date. – Will Fisher

 

Wolf Alice – ‘Heavenward’

With their excellent sophomore effort ‘Visions Of A Life’ looming, Wolf Alice have shared the towering opener ‘Heavenward’. Like all their best numbers it has its feet firmly planted in the 90s, all featherlight vocals and expansive guitars atop a wall of shoegaze. Sparked by the passing of a friend, ‘Heavenward’ is a step into the empty space that remains once grief has faded. Though far from maudlin, it’s starting to feel like Wolf Alice have turned their back on the anthem in favour of something deeper, salvaging optimism from loss amongst loose-ends of reverb. – Ethan Weatherby

About The Author

Josh Shreeve

Director of VLM and radio man at Forge Radio. Studies journalism at the University of Sheffield.

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