The Joy Formidable released their debut album The Big Roar on 24 January 2011. They played on the main stages at Reading and Leeds this year and performed on the Late Show with David Letterman in October. Their track Endtapes was featured in the The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn film soundtrack.
Blue on Blue are London based duo Dee Sada and Billy Steiger, who formed the group a couple of years ago. Their debut self-titled release came out on 31 October. Dee and Billy took some time out to answer a few questions from M.
This week M spends 30 seconds with London-based singer, songwriter and piano player Julia Johnson. Her sound is both unusual and accessible. Julia began learning piano at an early age and trained in classical singing from the age of 14. Believing that nothing matters more than the words, Julia cites Ani diFranco's lines from I'm No Heroine: 'I just write about what I should have done; I just sing what I wish I could say' as her manifesto.
After the buzz of her debut single, Middle of the Bed, making her the No.1 most listened to artist on Last.FM on the week of release, getting to No.5 on The Hype Machine chart and clocking almost half a million views on the eminent Watch Listen Tell sessions Lucy Rose is undoubtedly a star in the ascendant.
This week M spends 30 seconds with Royal Treatment Plant. On 24 October the band released their follow-up album, Halfway To The Sun, on new UK Indie label Tip Top Recordings. Their new track All The Same is currently the title track to Channel 4's music show On Track.
The winners of the third annual Oram Awards have been revealed as Ain Bailey, Andie Brown, Cee Haines (CHAINES), Natalie Sharp (Lone Taxidermist), Nwando Ebizie (Lady Vendredi) and Steph Horak (SheIsRevolting).