Our homies at Stamp the Wax down south have kindly compiled a list of ten artists they're backing at the moment. If you like these artists you should head over to the Stamp the Wax site and see some of their video sessions.
Based: Brighton For Fans Of: Laura Marling, Lucy Rose, Laura Viers
Key Track: You Come Down / You Come Down (Hackman Remix)
Sister of Electronic producer, Hackman, Marika couldn’t create a more opposite style of music. Hers is a charming brand of folk with harmonising vocals, accompanied by a cello and percussion. She was shortlisted for the Glastonbury Emerging Talent in 2011, so the right people are already taking notice.
For Fans Of: Bon Iver, Lucy Rose, Laura Marling
Key Track: FishBowlSharkTank
Currently a student at London Goldsmiths Arts College, Annie Eve is also blessed with a lovely voice and fingerpicking abilities. She gigs tirelessly around London so be sure to like her Facebook page and catch her live if you’re around town.
Genre: UK Hip-hop/Grime
For Fans Of: Skinnyman, Jehst,
Links: http://www.facebook.com/OfficialBuggsy Key Track: Pure Gas / Connect The Spdif (Feat Jehst & Farma G)
Hailing from Bristol, one of the UK’s Hip-hop hotbeds, Buggsy’s blend of Dub and Grime, delivered with a high-pitched, cheeky and quick tongue is a lethal combination.Check out collaborations with Joker and Jehst (see above).
For Fans Of: Q-Tip, A Tribe Called Quest
Links: http://at-peace.bandcamp.com/ Key Track: Home
@Peace are Auckland’s answer to A Tribe Called Quest, pure and simple. If that wasn’t enough to entice you, their beats hark back to the best of 1990s USA, complemented by a talented collection of young MCs and Jazz musicians. We’ll be hard-pressed to find a better Hip-hop group in 2012
For Fans Of: Hudson Mohawke Links: http://www.firstwordrecords.com/artists/ye-mighty/
Key Track: Fuse
Ye Mighty are a Brighton duo mixing Jazz and Electronic sounds in a fresh and energetic way. If you know Hudson Mohawke, you might be sceptical if we tell you his dance classic, Fuse, may just have been knocked out of the water by this Jazz cover. Judge for yourself and it will make you think twice.
Larry Achiampong (aka Black Ph03nix)
Genre: Instrumental Hip-hop/World
For Fans Of: J Dilla, Ebo Taylor
Key Track: Gye Nyame / Community
Larry Achiampong was formerly a sculpture and now he is turning his music into art. Exploring his Ghanaian roots, he has created a recorded sampling many of the country’s Highlife musicians of the 1960s and 1970s. The production is of Dilla proportions with a strong personal message behind it.
For Fans Of:
Key Track: Takeover / Looking To The Sky (DJ Rum Remix)
Handpicked by David Rodigan in a soundclash with BBC’s Gilles Peterson, the London 9-piece are riding the top of a wave of resurgence for reggae in the UK. Their brand is organic and genuine and sounds equally as good live. Also worth a listen are some re-works by up-and-coming producer DJ Rum.
For Fans Of:
Key Track: Leila’s Tale / Avril 14th
Frank Ocean and The Internet might be leading a new generation of Rnb/Soul but that doesn’t mean the UK can’t give a bit back. That’s where Szerdene comes in. She’s recently worked with Mar on the heart-breaking Avril 14th but she can also do a fine job on her own with some help from Dimlite on the buttons in Leila’s Tale.
For Fans Of: SBTRKT, Bedruit
Key Track: Do Avesso
As the genre description suggests, DJ Izem’s brand of music squeezes a lot of different sounds into it. Co-founder of internet world-music radio station Groovalizacion, it no doubt supplied ample inspiration. We guarantee you’ve never heard anything like this.
Session of the Month: George The Poet
Genre: Spoken Word/Hip-hop
For Fans Of: Gil Scott Heron, Benjamin Zephania
Currently studying Sociology at Kings College, Cambridge, George Mpanga was formerly MC Shawalin and has now taken to spoken word using the moniker George The Poet. His lyrics are politicised, intelligent and thought-provoking, and his flow is razor-sharp. Definitely one to keep your eye on.