On Our Radar: January 2017

Written by: Paul Horsman


Is your NY resolution to keep up to date with what’s going on in the world of popular music? Ours too. Let’s go…

New Artists

It wouldn’t be a music blog without guessing which artists are likely to create waves over the coming year.

Rag’n’Bone Man has been on the scene for a while now, but last year’s Human became a radio invasion in the same way Hosier’s Take Me To Church did a couple of years back. Let’s see if a new album lives up to that success.

If you’ve vowed to consume more greens this year then you should check out Cabbage. Having released a handful of EPs in 2016, this Mancunian band is set to break more than just wind with their form of discordant neo post-punk. Terrible name. But terribly good for you.

Jorja Smith is a curious one. Clearly talented, the sprinkling of songs released so far suggests two possible career paths in 2017… either smoky voiced siren (Something in the Way) or slushy soulstress (Carry Me Home). We know which one we’d prefer.

Anyone hailed the ‘British Lauryn Hill’ deserves investigation. It’s a daunting label to be given, but RAY BLK shows promise. Last year’s EP, Durt, pitched her as a streetwise songstress who knows a thing or two about life.

And then we have Jamie Isaac, a jazz artist with an intoxicating sound that sits somewhere between James Blake and Jamie Woon (that’s a lot of J’s). As with all good modern musicians, there’s an LP and mixtape to explore.

New Gigs

If you’ve made a promise to get out more this year, try immersing yourself in a room full of people with similar tastes… without actually having to talk to them.

Tickets are still available for both Two Door Cinema Club and Black Sabbath at the end of the month, although expect to pay a small fortune for the latter. There are also a handful of Bowie tributes scattered across the country to celebrate the greatest musical Martian to have ever fallen to earth.

New Albums

It’s always a slow burn in January, but keep an eye out for a triple shot of anticipated albums coming out next week.

They include The XX who’ll be hoping their third offering, I See You, receives a better response than the lukewarm reaction Coexist got back in 2012.

SOHN also return with Rennen and, judging by its lead single of the same name, it looks set to continue their Nordic-style melancholia.

And completing the hat trick is Oczy Mlody by The Flaming Lips. It’ll be interesting to see whether hanging out with Miley Cyrus has influenced a new direction in brash pop and provocative videos involving hardware tools. Fingers crossed.

Until then, here’s our soundtrack to 2016 – featuring highlights from the best albums of last year. Happy reminiscing.




Author: Paul Horsman

Paul likes writing. And music. It’s unclear whether he likes sharing his suggestions with others or simply likes unleashing an ugly critic within… but we allow him to write about music on The Void.

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