\\ Eleven acts you need to know in 2017
Moving on from the shit-storm that was 2016 is so much easier when you know there’s some dope artists and releases coming through. We’ve selected eleven acts who are set to make a big impact this year. Here’s who you need to look out for in 2017.
\\ Elena Pinderhughes
Young flautist Elena Pinderhughes has been clocking up some impressive credits. She features on Common‘s track Red Wine and is kicking off a project with her brother, Samora, called VENUS. You’ll hear tinges of Radiohead in there. You might also know that the full name of Christian Scott‘s latest album is Stretch Music (Introducing Elena Pinderhughes). She has a killer voice, and her Instagram hints at a debut solo video coming out soon. Being signed to the guys who discovered Rihanna, we predict you’ll be referencing Elena by her first name only in a year’s time.
\\ Poppy Ajudha
South London – home to Yussef Kamaal, Moses Boyd and Rhythm Section – continues to reveal its constant stream of talent in 2017. Soundcloud began to float tracks by Poppy Ajudha in late 2015; David’s Song found a wide audience (it’s currently on 30k plays) and she released her video for Peace Of Mind in the Summer of 2016. She’s been featured on The Fader, Gal Dem and The Line Of Best Fit, all before releasing her upcoming EP. Live collaborations with hiphop outfit OthaSoul and instrumental group Sumochief have been fire.
\\ All The People
Electronic trio All The People give an alternate insight into South London’s genre-burning attitude with bendy electronics and honey-dipped vocals. It’s the kind of music impossible not to move to, whether you’re seeing them live or hearing them get dropped in a DJ set. They release their debut album on the 100 Billion Wires label, who also look after Melbourne’s Broadway Sounds. Look out for it early this year.
\\ Ashley Henry
The luscious limp of Ashley Henry‘s hiphop drawl has earned him frequent comparisons to Robert Glasper since the release of Ashley Henry’s 5ive in early 2016. The piano player has been quietly sizzling on the London jazz scene – those around Henry know that he’s doing incredible things , but that the juiciest is about to come. With a new trio and special guests, he’s about to head back into the studio. America are yet to pick up on Ashley Henry – 2017 could be, and should be, the year that all changes.
\\ Jaimie Branch
Chicago based International Anthem have had an incredible couple of years; they released two albums that received critical acclaim around the world; Makaya McCraven‘s In The Moment and Jeff Parker‘s The New Breed. It couldn’t be safer to say that trumpeter Jaimie Branch will be adding to some of the label’s strongest releases this year with her debut album as a lead artist, Fly Or Die. We’re told it’ll be available on limited edition “pigeon-shit-colored vinyl”. We’re in.
After releasing their debut self-titled EP in 2016, those who know what’s good are watching Nerija closely. The band were interview guests at Skin Deep‘s recent event Sonic Transitions, where they revealed that they’re looking to work with some vocalists and rappers this year.
Some of the members are pushing solo projects this year, too. Tenor saxophonist Nubya Garcia will be recording her debut album after receiving the Steve Reid Innovation Award. Shirley Tetteh’s mellow guitar-style is getting her recognised on London’s live scene, and trumpeter Sheila Maurice-Grey is set for a bright 2017 after she featured heavily on Little Simz‘ Stillness In Wonderland album.
\\ Miles Mosley
Although you might not realise it, there’s a fair chance you’ve already heard Miles Mosley. As a founding member of the West Coast Get Down, the LA bassist and vocalist has recorded with Thundercat and Kamasi Washington – yes, yet another dope artist who featured heavily on The Epic. Oh, and he also scored The Dark Knight Rises movie trailer. Mosley’s debut album Uprising is one that demands your attention with its memorable melodies and big production. Make sure you give it your fullest.
\\ Joe Armon-Jones
Pianist in two of London’s most hyped bands right now – Ezra Collective and Sumochief – is Joe Armon-Jones. His licks blew the crowd away when he played as part of Nubya Garcia (Nerija)’s new project at the Early Late Show in late 2016. Rumour has it he’s recording his first solo release this year.
\\ Braxton Cook
Like Elena Pinderhughes (top) saxophonist and vocalist Braxton Cook is another Harlem based artist who is stepping forward as a soloist after touring with Christian Scott. Somewhere In Between is tickled with R&B influences and dreamy synths. We’re hoping his debut album of the same name gets a release on vinyl; candle-lit evenings need to be soundtracked by this. Look out for it dropping in early 2017. You can listen to our feature length interview with him here.
London \\ Oscar Jerome
Yep, another South London artist (and member of Sumochief) – if you don’t know by now that the area is at the forefront of a movement, you need to reconsider your new music sources. Oscar Jerome laid down his debut EP in late 2016 which was heralded by Stamp The Wax, Albumism and Gilles Peterson. He’ll be performing at the Worldwide Awards‘ after party later this month alongside Sarathy Korwar, Ezra Collective and Poppy Ajudha.
\\ Francesca Fulmini
So fresh that all we can link you to is a shaky video filmed on a phone; Brighton based Francesca Fulmini puts out her debut EP via QM Records this year, a label who are making serious waves on the South Coast of England. Expect big chocolatey vocals, groove and reflective lyrics. We’ve had a cheeky listen to it ahead of its release and we’re pumped to play you a tune on an upcoming Mixcloud show.
Those are the ten acts you need to know in 2017 – who would you add? Tweet us @jazz_standard
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