Music: Ones To Watch 2017
Here is our list of who to watch out for during 2017. Trying to predict the unpredictable, is a tough one.. especially in the music industry. However we truly believe based on their 2016 success the following artists will be tipped for big things next year.
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Enigmatic ‘future pop’ artist formerly known as Phantom Runners deals in modern doses of pop that hint his love of 80s classics and 90s RNB. ADAL is currently writing a debut album, with an array of featuring vocalists which include FREJA, Indiana, Delaire and XY&O. 2017 is set to be an exciting year for the ‘king collaborator’, while he launches his new project by the name of ADAL.
2016 was a busy year for ADAL having played a number of summer festivals with his band Phantom Runners in 2016 which included Great Escape, Lee Fest, Blissfields, Sound City, Southsea Fest and BST Fest and are creating a serious live buzz.
London songster Delaire is acknowledged to perfect emotive and soulful synth pop, where every song rings personality unravels in her storytelling. This is all evident in her latest single ‘Healing in Love’, which received huge support from trendsetters Clash and 1883 Magazine. This year Delaire was invited to play BBC Maida Vale Studios and has seen strong radio support from BBC Introducing. On top of the busy summer festival season with playing Blissfields, Lee Fest and to then playing sold out shows at The Finsbury and The Servant Jazz Quarters.
With a handful of elated synth-filled singles in the works to release in 2017, Delaire is more than set to influence listeners everywhere and take her music to stages ahead of the festival season.
Following a national support slot for singer-songwriter Emma Louise, Fractures, the moniker of Melbourne-based multi-instrumentalist Mark Zito. With over 11 million Spotify streams under his belt, and a handful of Hype Machine chart topping for singles ‘Fall Harder’ and ‘Alchemy’ all to his name.
Previously selling out his own national headline shows, Fractures recently performed at BIGSOUND and has appeared at festivals including Splendour in the Grass. With an impressive list of supporting slots for Emma Louise, Daughter, Holy Holy and Wild Beasts, Fractures’ five-piece live band are set to leave audiences across the country in awe with the ‘Still Here’ album tour kicking off February 17, 2017.
CATTLE & CANE
Led by siblings Helen and Joe Hammill, CATTLE & CANE’s recent single 7 Hours provided a taste of what’s to come from their brand new album ‘Mirrors’ (expected Spring 2017) and picked up support from the likes of Clash, Dermot O’Leary and BBC Introducing in the process. ‘Mirrors’ marks a huge step up for the band and brings to mind the anthemic autumnal vibe of Bastille while nodding heads to more classic artists like Fleetwood Mac.
In between studio sessions, Thornaby group CATTLE & CANE spent 2016 performing at acclaimed tastemaker events such as Reeperbahn Festival, Live At Leeds and Evolution Emerging, as well as shows in Germany, Belgium and Malta. With a 1,100 capacity headline show in their hometown of Middlesbrough on course to sell-out this Christmas, C&C look primed and ready for a breakthrough 2017.
Manchester based four-piece Lake Komo had an electrifying year from heading out on a successful October UK headline tour of the UK, to scoring over a million Spotify streams and releasing four new singles ‘Weight of Fear and Doubt’, ‘Manners’, ‘Milwaukee’ and ‘Regret’ on the record label Columbia Records.
Lake Komo are currently in the studio with producer Cam Blackwood (George Ezra, London Grammar) putting the finishing touches to their debut album, which is to be later released next year.
Born Stranger are Maddox-Jones and Raife Hacking, a pair of minds that together craft electronic pop that dare to push boundaries with their intrinsic futuristic edge. The first year into their career has seen them release of their debut single ‘Fire & The Flame’, which garnered support from The Independent and Pop Justice. To then play their debut show at the legendary venue London KOKO, while their more recent single ‘Be Someone’ has recently been chosen to soundtrack to Farah’s SS17 campaign adverts.
2017 is already looking the year the electro-pop duo Born Stranger will impact heavily. While sitting on an album’s worth of material, in January their new single will be dropping with an exciting collaboration. With a handful of music videos and live shows to announce in the near future, next year will be career defining for the duo.
FOND OF RUDY
Prosperous indie pop group Fond of Rudy have a burgeoning talent for fusing diluted guitar filled rock with contemporary pop so finely. 2016 saw no challenge to them after scoring praises with their latest single ‘The Line’ from Wonderland Magazine and Clash. The Brighton based quartet also performed to thousands this summer from playing respected festivals The Great Escape and Blissfields.
Having been prepared for 2017 for months now, the next few months will hark the release of their next single, the release of their anticipated EP ‘Two’ and some exciting festival appearances in the summer.