Meet Strong Asian Mothers, your new favourite band of 2017.
Formed by London-based best friends, Amer, Kalim and Josh, these guys have been playing in bands for years, but it’s in Strong Asian Mothers where they have really come into their own.
Speaking on their new track, ‘Animal’, the guys say, “Animal began as a jam between Josh and Amer in a rehearsal. We added some elephant shrieks, a pack of cards being riffle-shuffled, the sound of us opening a can of fizzy pop and saying “Aaaah” then sprinkled some words on top and it became the juicy, bouncy fella it is today.”
It’s a blend of witty lyrics with agitated electronics and trip-hop-influenced pop sensibilities, and just enough rowdiness to encourage you to get up off your feet, but not to start throwing glass bottles.
‘Animal’ is the lead track from their new four track EP, out now.
Sounds like: Phoenix, Bombay Bicycle Club
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Meet Caswell, London’s latest soul sensation, who attended the BRIT School during her teen years, no less.
Now, at just 22, Caswell has already developed her own distinct sound; rich, down-tempo, electronic soul and pop, with a tangible jazz influence; and a knack for sophisticated songwriting.
“I draw from my own personal experiences,” says Caswell. “I find that’s when I really need to write. It’s very much a form of catharsis for me and I like having created something positive like a song out of something negative that has happened in my life. Sometimes it helps me find closure and listening back to songs is like seeing the little milestones of my life.”
As the title of her new track suggests, ‘Animal’ is a song of empowerment, immediately leading us to compare her to the likes of Jorja Smith and JONES.
Disclosure: I am Caswell’s publicist at the time of writing.
Sounds like: Charlotte Cardin, Jorja Smith, JONES, Sasha Keable, Ray BLK
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This wasn’t something we were expecting to post today, but ‘Animal’ by long-time-ago X-Factor finalist Aiden Grimshaw has turned out to be a very pleasant surprise, with it’s sensual, enticing vocals gently placed over simple 80’s-inspired bass lines.
The track is more rough around the ages than Aiden’s previous material, but we absolutely love his new direction.
Sounds like: Honne, Ben Khan, SOHN, James Blake, The Weeknd
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