Elusive trio London Grammar are ahead of the pack when it comes to delivering credible pop tunes with that serious playback factor. Akin to 2013’s breakthrough acts AlunaGeorge, John Newman and Disclosure, their music feels authentic, individual and very now. Hitting the sweet spot between The xx, Florence Welch and Jessie Ware, they caught the charts off-guard earlier this month with their debut album If You Wait. It became the week’s second highest new entry, going in at number two and further raising the band’s stock.
Craig Bratley is a producer and DJ whose beats are made for the more discerning dancefloor. The man and his electronic music have come to the fore over the last 12 months in part due to his blinding sets at Andrew Weatherall’s A Love From Outer Space club night and the Electric Elephant Festival in Croatia. Weatherall rates him so much, he’s taken to releasing Craig’s music on his Bird Scarer label. Recommendations don’t come any higher than this…
Berlin-based British producer James Welch aka Seams has spent the last year buffing up his bleeps and beats, making them dancefloor fit and able. His debut album proper Quarters is out this week and shows just how far his lo-fi electronic productions have developed over the past 18 months. The relocation from sleepy Hampshire to the German capital has given his music an innovative, nocturnal sheen while he’s rapidly becoming an intriguingly heavy live act.
It’s no surprise Hackney-born Dean Blunt has been operating under the radar for some time, first with Inga Copeland as Hype Williams and now under his own moniker. He actively invents tall stories – from becoming a champion boxer to being caught stealing stuffed raccoons – in an effort to throw people off the scent. And, although it's almost as though he doesn’t want to be discovered, he's still managed to subvert pop’s natural order with a string of innovative releases.
Deafkid have a sound that reaches into every corner of alt-pop, from indie to electronica, evoking comparisons to alt-J and Django Django. The duo, one Englishman and one Frenchman, are seasoned professional musicians, having worked on Ghostpoet's debut album Peanut Butter Blues and Melancholy Jam . Here, they show off their skills at a live session exclusively for M at Tileyard Studios.