Friday, 29 May 2015

Spotlight: Jack Garratt (29/05/15)


Jack Garratt is an incredibly talented multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter and generally all round impressive musician. He grew up in a musical home in Buckinghamshire and has been writing songs since he was around 12, the first song he ever wrote even got him a place in the GB finals of Junior Eurovision Song Contest when he was 13. He's had a lot of backing from the likes of BBC Introducing and BBC Radio 1; in 2014, 'Worry' was selected as Zane Lowe's Next Hype Record and Jack was also named as Huw Stephen's Record of the Week. Now he's released his latest EP 'Synesthesiac' and a list of festival dates ahead of him, the only way is up! 

Synesthesiac EP Review:
The EP kicks off with 'Synesthesia Pt. 1', this track presents Jack's musicality with a mix of keys, synths and a gritty bass underlining it, contrasted with the second half of the track, which is stripped back, minimal and ends with stunnings sounds that I can't work out as vocals or not... - but this increases the enigma and atmosphere of the EP. 'The Love Your Given' follows on seamlessly continuing the atmosphere of the last track, it's a stunning song with beautiful lyrics sung brilliantly by Jack. It cuts and builds throughout the track and the middle section has elements reminiscent of artists like Flume but Jack manages to keep to the originality of his sound well. I think this is the stand out track to me on the EP as managing to summarise his sound well and I'm sure it would be incredible live. Next is 'Chemical', this song is accompanied with a music video on his VEVO channel. It's another track that summarises his sound really well, great vocals with brilliantly crafted music, including a section of jazzy piano and claps before building back up again to a gritty dance tone, perfect for a festival. The EP finishes on 'Lonesome Valley' which starts slowly and completely stripped back with only vocals growing, a beat added and then layered into a funky track with a chilled vibe to it. It's not my favourite but it does fit well on the EP and I think finishing with it makes 'The Love Your Given' and 'Chemical' stand out a little more than the others. 


See Jack Live:
30th May: The Independent, San Francisco, CA
31st May: Troubadour, West Hollywood, CA
1st June: Troubadour, West Hollywood, CA
6-7th June: Field Day 2015, London
26th June: OpenAir St. Gallen 2015, Switzerland
3-4th July: PITCH Festival 2015, Amsterdam
3-5th July: Barn on the Farm 2015, Gloucester
3-18th July: Montreaux Jazz Festival 2015, Switzerland

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Chart: Bad Blood - Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar
'Bad Blood' is the latest single from American singer/songwriter Taylor Swift and is taken from her fifth studio album '1989'. The single version was released on 17th May (2015) and features American hip-hop artist Kendrick Lamar. It reached #1 in the US Billboard Hot 100 and has peaked at #4 in the UK Singles Chart so far. The music video is pretty impressive, with multiple stars making appearances, if you haven't got on the hype, now's your chance! 


Live Performance: Glitterball - Sigma ft. Ella Henderson
Sigma are an English drum and bass duo, Cameron Edwards and Joe Lenzie, originating from Leeds. They rose to 'fame' with their single 'Nobody To Love' and the follow up single 'Changing' which features Paloma Faith. This live performance is of 'Glitterball' - I think from their forthcoming album 'Life', live from Radio One's Big Weekend and features X Factor star Ella Henderson. 


Cover: Believe - Bryce Drew
This is the first of (fingers crossed) many brilliant covers from Bryce's Summer Cover Series. She is an incredibly talented singer/songwriter and after he transition to Nashville, she's getting back into posting and uploading. Here's her stunning cover of Mumford & Son's 'Believe' from their latest album 'Wilder Mind'. 


YouTube: Bambu - Kojey Radical
Kojey Radical is a contemporary artist and spoken word Ghanian-Birtish poet. 'Bambu (I Don't Worry 'Bout Nothing)' is his first official release and follows last year's 'Dear Diary: Opium EP'. It's a hard-hitting and powerful track, as well as a visually engaging music video, he's getting bigger and better and I'm sure you will be hearing a lot more of him in the future. The single 'Bambu' is out on Monday (1st June) and is one I will definitely be adding to my collection! If you like what you hear/see, try catch him on the end of his UK tour (FB link to find more info here). 
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