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#1 Blaue Blume
Macabre flaunts its exuberance and freedom from the first bar. The contrast with those delicate vocals is delicious and the lyrics immediately captivating. Creatively unrestrained, emotionally unconcealed, hooky and modern - heck, it must be Scandinavian music we’re listening to! Danish act Blaue Blume have been emitting their decidedly hygge brand with finesse since the launch of their 2015 debut Syzygy, but their recent EP Sobs (from which Macabre is taken) is a big development, moving away from their influences and forging a sound and structure that is more modern, more mature, more signature and almost too addictive.
Their growth between releases was well demonstrated with their venue-filling tour of Denmark and Germany this autumn gone. The curve continues into next year with even bigger festivals and another round of new music. Blaue Blume are already on the cusp of stardom. It will only take a few more people to run unprepared into their path and the rest will be history!
#2 July Jones
July’s voice is so large and soulful that it floods the music. But don’t let April's Jump In The Water fool you - her exceptional vocals are supported by solid timing and songwriting. Outside the swelling emotions of her music, she lives the life of a dedicated artist, be it filming her captivating music videos or engaging with her fans who are so clearly at the centre of what she does. Her love for them is admirable in today’s industry, and it’s inevitably reciprocated.
For the immediate future, January 14th is the release date of her third single SOLO, followed by nationwide touring. But the thing about July’s future is how unpredictable it can be, like Christina Andrea and her fellow dancers releasing their tribute to July's latest single Bad Influence. Often the extra content her fans are treated to comes without warning, which makes her all the more engaging. That same track also marks a change in creative direction, as her music gains a greater sense of balance and brings technology more into the mix. I want to tell you July Jones will be big next year, but it feels like stating the obvious.
Before the year is out, we have something important to do. It’s time to look back over the last twelve months and pick our favourites.
Welcome to the ADSRecords Podcast Top 3 - 2017. Today we announce third place, along with our honourable mentions. Second place will be revealed on the 23rd, with first place announced on Christmas Day.
This year’s honourable mentions go to High Points, the Norwich indie-funk trio in the midst of an upwards spiral, and KARMS, the soul-wooingly catchy rock band brought forth from the increasingly influential Irish music underground. So let’s get to third place!
#3 Fick As Fieves
Listening to English Weather is like trying to keep up with a running animal. It’s raucous, original, and hallelujah! It actually develops from verse to verse. In perfect keeping with their music, their personality exudes from every edifice, be it their social media or their hypnotic music videos. With them giving such a complete experience to their fans, it’s no surprise Spotify has named them on their Hot New Bands list and that the BBC has caught their trail.
Building on their monumental identity, the first half of next year will see them expand their live network, play at bigger gigs and release a new EP. Every predictor is in place - these guys will be big.
Our last monthly of 2017 adds two more artists to the year’s discoveries, serving up flavours of rock, indie, pop and electronic. If the tri-dish of High Points, Adryana Gold and Lucky Thief leave you hungry for more, listen out for Cam’s tips and tidbits. Then you’ll only have to wait until the 21st when the Top 3 countdown begins.
The Norwich threesome throw down bouncing off-beats and carefree energy in their homage to 60s Rock n’ Roll: She's A Dreamer. Like the sound of it? Then there’s a whole new EP coming your way in February complete with launch party at Norwich Open, not to mention the Birmingham Bearded Theory Festival slot and the recently released acoustic EP Time Is In My Way.
She might be settling nicely into the London scene, but Adryana’s Lovers Bleed is awash with the warmth of her native Portugal. It’s also awash with moody electronics and silky vocals. Despite success at home, she took the brave step to ship out and take on the UK. That’s you! You can start by watching her music video.
Drums rumble over you like cantering elephants. The creepingly tense vocals make their entrance. The staccato guitars build to a heavy chorus - and all of it laid down by multi-instrumentalist Lucky Thief. From his home in Bristol, he has amassed the skills to prepare two punchy EPs, and the very cool video to his first single Equator is here.
Be Merry and Play Music
It’s nearly time to wrap up these last twelve months and move on. Before the year is done, look out for 2017’s Top 3 ADSRecords Podcast picks, announced on 21st, 23rd and 25th. Also look out for festive discounts on the store, and for a spot of festive label tradition, there’s always Will Bugden’s beloved Festivities Begin. It’s ok to click that link, you know you need it.