leon jean-marie: make it right (grand scheme)
This was thrust into my hand only last week and I literally haven't stopped playing it since! It's absolutely ace. An oh-so-tasty slice of unforgettable funk and roll from a young London-based singer/songwriter/gunslinger who sounds as good as he looks, which is always... nice.
Imagine a 21st century Terence Trent Darby with a sprinkling of early Prince and you'll get an idea of the vibe. His brand of music is caught somewhere between a rock and a dance place and has already impressed the mighty Island label who have wasted no time in securing his signature.
He's off to New York soonish apparently to record his debut album. You heard and read about it here first, gang. Remember the name. Leon Jean-Marie. This guy is going to be MASSIVE. Check it out.
apartment: 10,000 times (fleet street)
|Apartment: dates with The Killers beckon|
This is the band of young Bethnal Green hotshots who've been personally requested by the likes of The Killers to support them. Not bad going for a crew who, up until very recently, were a well kept secret and not widely known outside of their native manor.
Some of you may remember that we reviewed their single My Brother Chris a few months back. It was a memorable ode to their ole mucker, Boy Kill Boy's singer Chris Peck.
This new release picks up from where that left off. An 80s-influenced moody peach that glows in all the right places and bodes well for their upcoming debut album The Dreamer Evasive. Zowie!
just jack: writer's block (mercury)
This young North London-based bard has been around for a couple of years now, quietly impressing many peeps with his brand of rap and roll.
Newly signed to a major label in the shape of the happening Mercury Records, it looks like his time is now and his music has certainly also stepped up a few gears along the way.
Writer's Block is a sumptuous, witty-sounding song with a twist about every artist's nightmare, with some astute ramblings along way. Keep an ear and eye out for his forthcoming album Overtones and watch him fly.