Every so often you find a sound that just feels so right to you. The other day I discovered this young lady via a mutual friend sharing her new track on Facebook and I instantaneously fell in love. This led me to delve deeper and get in contact and here we are..
She’s 20 years old, she’s based in London and her name is Shama Joseph. Establishing herself as a solo artist over the last couple of years both in London and her hometown Luton her sound has evolved working with different producers and collaborating with artists and photographers.
Shama is creating a hip-hop infused, 90’s throwback sound with her newest track ‘Theory’ but it’s those melody changes that expand this track into something special..
“I wrote ‘Theory’ back in 2013, I just taught myself the guitar and with simple chords I was a folky acoustic jazz singer. The song itself was about the people I’ve grown to enjoy and how they heroically become a saviour by being themselves and cool and non judgemental but a friend in many ways. I loved the ambient jazzy acoustic feel at the verse and then the sudden break out of the 90’s hip hop feel, it was totally my thing.”
Just to reiterate this girl is unsigned, she just does open mic nights from time to time. Now, I think it’s time to get this post shared around so we can get this talent up and running no? Well as if you needed any more persuading here’s Shama performing a live session of her heavenly track “Grey Hearts, Still Stones”..
“This song was for people who have ever felt useless and in doubt of their potential to feel better and to bring back their self confidence so they can finally be on their way proudly who they are..”
As we prepare for his debut album I just thought it would be nice to look back at a few of my favourite milestones in the soon to be biggest alternative soloist on the planet’s career so far..
We begin where all of the greats begin, in the pub. Let’s travel all the way back to November 2011 in The Drawingroom, Chesham. Here we see a beardless, young Jack confess how much he’s thankful for the local’s support in this “New album” launch..and boy did that change. The blues infested “Nickle & Dime” everyone..
Still reppin’ the acoustic setup but with a completely new sound, we now find Jack performing for Nobo Unplugged in 2013 where his talents started getting noticed and he began to sign his life away. The beard was at a decent length and I’m sure that hat was sneaking around somewhere. Here’s an acoustic, raw, live version of album bound “Surprise Yourself”..
We hit 2014 now and this is the year where I discover Jack. As festival appearances were lining up across the country for him in the Summer and he already had a UK Tour ready for the end of the year to support the release of his “Remnants” EP, he dropped this beautiful piano version of “I Couldn’t Want You Anyway”. Filmed in his parents front room, this is what I needed to become fully involved with what this kid was about. Truly stunning..
Now, this is the year where shit kicked off, 2015 started off with Radio 1 and everyone surrounding it becoming invested in this sound that was so alien to so many. Then a lot of things transpired; He headlined the BBC Introducing stage at Reading & Leeds, he supported Mumford & Sons across America, he performed at the Apple Music Festival, he was the winner of the Critics’ Choice category at the Brit Awards AND he won the BBC Sound Poll 2016. Bloody nora!
But the standout performance for me was when Jack performed live on American TV for the first time with Conan. This still gives me goosebumps watching it now. He absolutely smashes “Worry” into the ears of the people stateside and by doing so continued to gain more and more of a following from across the pond..
Incredibly we now find ourselves here, two days before the release of his debut album “Phase” and a few days before I believe we see Jack Garratt gain a number one album to his name. I feel this weird sense of proudness towards him and his team. Like I’m sure all you hardcore Garratt fans out there feel now too..he did it, we did it, the time has come, now let’s have a dance around the Fire as we all buy and get so fucking excited for the album below..
There has never been a question in my mind that this guy is the best we will see in our generation at what he does. As he embarked on the prestigious Grammys last night he was nominated for eleven..Yes, ELEVEN awards! Walking away with Best Rap Album for “To Pimp A Butterfly”..
Watch him perform “The Blacker the Berry” and “Alright” from last night’s award show and tell me that Kendrick Lamar isn’t the best artist in the world right now..
Well, if you don’t know who Rory Indiana are yet then I’m sure you will very soon. These Brighton boys have just announced a UK headline tour in March ahead of their highly anticipated “Ruling Class Crooks” EP release..
Along with all of that came this insane music video for single “Leave Me”. The twisted and dark visuals tangle around the hard hitting track and let’s put it this way, if I saw this lot hanging around my local train station in those masks I would develop a very sudden phobia of public transport. My word though, what a track this is..
BOOOOOOOOOM! Let’s get ready for the weekend with 20 year old, Lewisham High Street’s “Golden Boy” shall we..
Tipped by plenty of big names to breakthrough in 2016, this banger of a track has just proved EVERYONE that this is certainly the case! You can probably tell this isn’t normally where my love is placed for music but I mean come on, this is HUGE..