British female artists you NEED to hear
2014 has been one hell of a year for recognising new talent. We’ve put a list of some of our fave artists that we feel deserve your attention. (It was really hard to narrow the list down to just 15, so please don’t be offended if we missed somebody that you love, but do make sure you Tweet us some tips @reprobaitmag).
15. Amplify Dot
Rising hip hop star Ashley Charles aka Amplify Dot was just 13 when she went to her first gig- Missy Elliot at Brixton Academy. Calling the audience to rap, A-Dot was hoisted to the stage and stole the show with her own rewritten version of TLC’s ‘Waterfalls.’
Similar artists: No Lay, S-X, Marvell, Chip
Listen to: Kurt Cobain
14. Etta Bond
Due to a fluke Myspace encounter with artist/producer Labrinth, Etta Bond became the first signing to Odd Child Recordings and developed a working relationship that makes Etta’s career seriously promising.
Similar artists: Cleo Sol, Daley, Jacob Banks
Listen to: Ask Me To Stay
Delilah caught the attention of Atlantic Records at just 17 and collaborated with Chase & Status on their single Time in 2011. Describing her music as a combination of dark, soulful and melodic pop, Delilah is often seen as the missing link between Sade and The XX.
Similar artists: Maverick Sabre, Yasmin
Listen to: Go
B-Towns backpack gang leader grime artist/ MC RoxXxan is one of the freshest UK females to hit the grime scene in a long time. Championed by The Streets’ Mike Skinner, she signed to Polydor and made her official debut on Shank’s soundrack with ‘Heavyweight’.
Similar artists: Lady Leshurr, Ms. Dynamite, Lioness
Listen to: TFF
Moko produces all of her songs and describes her sound as an update on gospel, soul and house records she heard as a kid. Another singer on our list to feature on a Chase & Status track, Moko proves the vocals for ‘Count on Me’.
Similar artists: MNEK, Lulu James, Kiesza
Listen to: Your Love
Singer-songwriter Birdy won the music competition Open Mic UK at the age of 12 in 2008. Her stunning version of Bon Iver’s ‘Skinny Love’ was her breakthrough and put her on the map across Europe.
Similar artists: Gabrielle Aplin, Christina Perri, Sia
Listen to: Wings
9. Sasha Keable
Sasha Keable is defying convention with her fusion of caramel-toned vocals and raw street style, setting her apart from other female artists already on the scene. Raised on heavy metal and hip-hop, Keable admits that 80’s music has also been a big inspiration to her so she incorporates elements of it into her material.
Similar artists: MNEK, Daley, Anushka
Listen to: Living Without You
8. Lianne la Havas
Folk and soul singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Lianne La Havas cites her parents’ diverse musical tastes as the biggest influence on her music. She has been making music since her father handed her a keyboard when she was just 7 years old. She sang backing vocals on tour for Paloma Faith and eventually stepped forward with her own material for Black Cab Sessions.
Similar artists: Laura Mvula, Corinne Bailey Rae, Solange
Listen to: Lost & Found
7. Elli Ingram
Described as ‘Adele if she did hip hop,’ ‘Adele with swag’ and ‘Adele if she smoked weed’ following her cover of Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Poetic Justice’, it’s fair to say this girl has a voice you definitely need to hear. Even if that’s just out of morbid curiosity. Citing Amy Winehouse as her biggest influence, the soulful tone of Elli’s voice with the added elements of jazz and hip hop make this girl a breath of fresh air.
Similar artists: Daley, Reva DeVito
Listen to: All Caught Up
6. Sinead Harnett
Sinead Harnett has become one of the UK dance underground’s hottest (and might we add, very, very hot) properties. Featuring on Disclosure’s ‘Boiling’, Rudimental’s ‘Baby’ and ‘Hide’ and Snakehips’ ‘Days With You’, Sinead has stepped up. Her rich, soulful voice and incredible range have her set to be a massive success.
Similar artists: Billie Black, Lany, Majid Jordan
Listen to: No Other Way
5. Ella Eyre
Brit School graduate Ella Eyre has already become a signature name within the British music industry following her stunning contributions on Bastille’s ‘No Angels,’ Rudimental’s ‘Waiting All Night’ and Naughty Boy’s ‘Think About It”. Inspired by Motown, Ella has a distinctive voice which is both soulful and powerful; once you’ve heard it, it’s bound to stay with you.
Similar artists: Iyes, Naomi Pilgrim, Memoir, Jetta
Listen to: Deeper
4. Becky Hill
Having already collaborated with big industry names such as Rudimental, Wilkinson and Oliver Heldens, Becky Hill rose to fame after appearing on the first season of The Voice UK. From what we’ve heard so far, Becky’s solo stuff is sleek and packed full of melody. This girl is looking to have a great career and some well-deserved success.
Similar artists: Leah McFall, Vince Kidd, Ella Henderson
Listen to: Losing
3. Jessie Ware
Jessie Ware’s had a busy year. She’s right in the middle of her album launch for Tough Love (which she spent four months in New York, LA and London recording) following 2012’s stunning Devotion. She married her childhood sweetheart Sam Burrows in Greece and is set to play in London and Manchester in October. With silky, effortless tones, we’re expecting more amazing things from this singer and cannot wait for the release of Tough Love.
Similar artists: Katy B, AlunaGeorge, BANKS
Listen to: Wildest Moments
2. Jess Glynne
If anyone can appreciate how much can happen in a year it’s Jess Glynne. Since January, she has sung on 2 no.1 tracks- Clean Bandit’s ‘Rather Be’ and Route 94’s ‘My Love’. With a passionate and stunning vocal range, Jess is introducing her own sound, a distinguished mix of hip hop with a soul voice and sprinkling of pop.
Similar artists: Melissa Steel, Secondcity, Shift K3Y
Listen to: Right Here
1. FKA Twigs
Previously a backup dancer for artists including Kylie Minogue, Taio Cruz and Jessie J, FKA Twigs has stepped into the limelight with her sexual sounds and striking, surreal image. She self-released her debut EP1 in 2012 and her extended play EP2 was released in 2013. She’s currently nominated for 3 MOBO Awards and looks set to finally receive the recognition she deserves.
Similar artists: BANKS, sZa, MØ
Listen to: Two Weeks