Blending percussive electro-pop and smooth, yearning vocals, HUNTAR is the performance alias of a British musician who’s made an effort to remain anonymous.
His first single, early-2014’s “Expectations,” showcased his soulful delivery alongside layered vocal samples. Good Soldier released his debut EP, Bitter, in December 2014. As he began to win praise from outlets like BBC Radio 1 in England and KCRW in the U.S., he followed up in 2015 with singles including “Skin” and “The Hunger.”
A native Londoner, HUNTAR began performing live on a regular basis in late 2015, with dozens of shows across England in 2016. That year also brought new songs such as “Anyway” and “4AM,” with the latter landing him on Billboard’s emerging artists chart.
Home of acts including Mumford & Sons, Phoenix, and Chvrches, Glassnote Records repackaged his five-track debut as BITTAR in 2016, with one song swapped out for “Hold On.” HUNTAR opened 2017 with the anthemic single “Echo,” also on Glassnote.
From All Music website
Scottish experimental rock four-piece Vukovi have been around for a little while already, but now they’re ready to stand up and be noticed. We spoke to vocalist Janine to find out everything you need to know about Vukovi: how they formed, what’s going on for them right now, and what they have coming up in the future. Get psyched, because they’re an incredibly exciting band.
Vukovi originally formed because the three other members of the band – Hamish, Jason and Colin – were in a band that wasn’t working. “They were in a band called Wolves that had a male singer and they felt that it wasn’t working out, so they got me on board and we renamed ourselves Vukovi, which means ‘wolves’ in Serbian/Croatian,” says Janine.
“We jammed a few ideas and then added lyrics and melodies to them. We then recorded our first song ‘Get Hot And Feel The Butterflies’ within two months of forming and when we uploaded the track it got played by BBC Introducing as a Ones To Watch track,” says Janine.
“At that point we felt we should probably take the band seriously. From then on we concentrated on building a solid fanbase by not releasing too much content at one time. We put a lot of thought into our music videos and played sporadically in our hometown so there was demand to come and see us. It definitely paid off.”
“We’re now working with a fantastic agent who came across us on BBC Introducing and recently signed a single deal with new label First Run Records, as well as a publishing deal with Notting Hill Publishing. It’s taken time to get the right team around us including management but we feel totally satisfied and confident that this is the best team we’ve had yet,” states Janine.
As for their music, they cite Rage Against The Machine, Florence Welch, Death From Above 1979, Foals, Sia and Incubus as their eclectic main influences. Although it sounds like a wide range, all of these influences can be seen in their music, especially in their recent single ‘So Long Gone’, which you can watch below. The song is hugely vibrant, ballsy and melodic all at the same time. Basically it’s bloody fantastic.
From Punktastic website
This Spring Kovic goes on the road for their first ever headline tour. The Band have finally revealed dates for their UK Tour in April 2017, which see’s the band launch the start of their career playing the many stages across the UK, hitting up every major city on the way.
Following the release of their debut single ‘Wires’, this marks the beginning of the year for Kovic with their recently sold out tour supporting label peers The Hunna and their newly revealed video for ‘Wires’, kovic has earned the title to become 2017’s hottest new talent.
With a strong following across social media, it’s easy to see how fast they are building a name for themselves. Kovic have caught the interest of their fans with an ever growing number of 2 million views on their debut video ‘Wires’ and 300k+ streams on Spotify.
With their incredible inventory of songs soon to be announced, Kovic already have heads spinning. They will be bringing their electric live performance to the masses around the UK.
This will be one of the most impressive live performance you will see this Spring!
From The Joiners website
He’s one of the whizz kids we’re happy to have found on the internet. Singer songwriter
player, Scott AKA Kyko is slowly rising up and full of potential. Perfect timing to fill your summer playlist with some fresh indie pop music
He has been into music for a while and knows all about it. Fan of 80’s stuff and also new upcoming artists, he is open to the world’s musical trends.
After gaining experience through cover bands, Kyko decided to focus on a solo project and started writing songs on his own. He builds it all at home on his laptop and it’s all happening in his head: chords, drums, guitars, lyrics.
He creates everything on his own and I personally really like his music. There are nice guitar riffs and a hint of electronic sounds with interesting percussions. Imagine waking up to a sunny day and stretching up to “Animals” while the rays softly pierces the curtains. Both swinging rhythm and dreamy lyrics will put you in the most happy and ambitious mood. Drums and choirs may remind you of Bastille.
On the other hand, “Headlight” sounds more poppy and still pretty indie. Sadly, those two tracks are the only songs available on the internet. But he has been playing a few other songs during his live sets and his first EP will be out on July 17th, which means we are ever gonna be able to enjoy more from the young artist.
By the way, if you find yourself at one of his gigs, you’ll be facing a true artist. With a band by his side, Kyko gives away groovy vibes, knows how to make his crowd sing and hits every note effortlessly.
Manchester-based singer/songwriter Nathan Grisdale began his musical project following a string of requests from his large online fan base.
His passion was initially born out of a desire to help other people, and he built up his online presence with videos that attempted to discuss and remedy his follower’s worries and fears.
These videos were soon turned into songs, and Grisdale took the challenge of taking on intimate and challenging subjects and turning them into cathartic, meaningful tracks.
His soulful voice is often backed by sparse and simple melodies, and his single, “Only One,” reached the U.K. Top 100 singles chart.
From Apple Music website
2015 was the year that Kassassin Street broke out from their home town of Portsmouth and started spreading their infectious blend of psyche-infused indie-dance nationwide. Previously, they had established themselves in their home town – selling out the Wedgewood Rooms – and releasing two well received singles, including the anthemic indie-dance onslaught of ‘Centre Straight Atom’.
Two releases in 2015 – To Be Young and the Radio Silence EP – were supported by radio both here in theUK and in Spain, The Netherlands, Germany and the US (Jason Kramer and Brian Crow at KCRW; Shannon
Sauter at KEXP), as well being received to fantastic reviews from blogs across the board, from Indie Shuffe, When The Gramophone Rings, and Breaking More Waves (‘goes at it like two lustful lovers who haven’t
seen each other for months and doesn’t let up until it has climaxed after a glorious three minutes and forty seconds.’) amongst many others.
They played a full summer of festivals including Blissfields, Beatherder, Secret Garden Party, and Bestival.
Their festival season ended with a triumphant homecoming slot at Victorious Festival, which was described as “a truly spectacular performance” (Vulture Hound). They embarked on their first national tour in November, selling out many of the shows and ending on another sell out at the Wedgewood Rooms.
The band have spent 2016 writing new material, venturing out of Portsmouth for a handful of shows. Radio 3 in Spain flew them out for a slot at the SOS 4.8 festival after being selected via a listener poll – and hundreds of fans turned up to watch their set. The same happened at Y Not, Live at Leeds, and Koko in
London, the hard slog of the previous year paying off. They also released the electro-punky ‘Hand In My Pocket’.
Again played by their supporters at radio, the single was well reviewed by Music Ninja, Indie Shuffle, and Indie Is Not A Genre.
The rest of 2016 will be spent working on the material that will form their debut album, and before another nationwide tour in November.