A little late now but we thought we'd give our two cents on producers, labels and bands to watch out for in 2016. Leo Burrell, (aka Leroy) from Lunar and Hustle Tuesdays, takes us through his predictions...

Harvey Sutherland

For fans of Motor City Drum Ensemble, Todd Terje, Fatima Yamaha.

Harvey Sutherland’s tunes have been stuck in my head all year, and I expect 2016 will be no different. His funky Rhodes riffs evolve into gorgeously expanded solos which border the line between jazz and house so seamlessly; it’s easy to see why Motor City Drum Ensemble singled out Sutherland’s “Bermuda” as the only release on his label in 2015. The tracks really do speak for themselves, find out for yourself below! 

Harvey Sutherland tours his recent Boiler Room live trio set in Europe this April, watch it below.


Telegram

For fans of The Horrors, Peace, The Clash.

I’m sure that many of you reading will agree with me that quality indie bands are hard to come by these days - a sad truth which may put you off Telegram before you’ve even heard them. Perhaps that’s what gives their euphoric debut single, ‘Follow’ (see below) such a melancholic tone. It brims with such nostalgia it’s as though they wanted to give rock’n’roll a proper send off - one last hurrah for 3 chord choruses and distortion pedals before we all smash our guitars and call it a day. I might be wrong and this might not be the end… but one thing’s for sure, I wanna be there if it is.

Telegram release their debut album on their own label Gramgram on February 5th, and embark on a 20 date headline tour of the UK including the Harley on February 23rd. Tickets are available from the link below.


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Athens of the North

For fans of Floating Points, Theo Parrish, Souljam. 

If Funk, Soul and Disco 7”s are your thing, this label is sure to grab your attention in 2016. 2015 saw them release a string of quality represses, including Bileo’s “You Can Win/Lets’ Go” - which after Motor City Drum Ensemble’s Dekmantel Boiler Room, has become a staple for a whole new generation of listeners, myself included. These lot sure do have their finger on the pulse of the disco revival; up next is a repress of the Theo Parrish tip, ’Sweet Love’ by Samuel Jonathon Johnson, out on January 22nd. 

 

Here’s one of my favourites from last year, a Sage number entitled “I’m Alive” which will bring you joy on the rainiest of days (below). Not to be missed!

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Loyle Carner

For fans of Roots Manuva, Joey Bada$$, Mos Def

The rise of Loyle Carner onto the Hip-hop scene in 2015 couldn’t have been better timed. While Grime has been loudly stating it’s name as the leading UK rap genre, Carner’s music seems to approach lyricism from a very different angle. Arrogance is replaced with introspection, while testimonies take the place of shutdowns, sustaining a level of authenticity that goes far beyond the superficial hype of recent times. What’s more, his jazzy old-skool beats are more Dilla than filla, topping off one of the most exciting UK acts for 2016.

Loyle Carner plays Plug at Outlines Festival on February 27th 2015. Follow him on Facebook here


Fouk

For fans of Max Graef, Moodymann, Move D. 

Dutch duo Daniel Leseman and Hans Peeman (3 Colours and Junktion), have over 20 years of Djing and production experience between them, their solo productions ooze with sophistication and an appreciation for what has come before them. But this string of releases under their new collaborative alias has a youthful inventiveness that makes it easy to forget these guys have been in the game for over 10 years. Their recent Boiler Room debut, “Gruff” (see below), released on House of Disco, shimmers with what is quickly becoming their trademark sound - reversed samples and synths over deep pumping basslines. It’s all delivered in an unexpectedly clean-cut fashion when one considers the ambitiousness of the sampling, all in all making Fouk one of the most accessible house acts of recent years.

If this takes your fancy check out their other releases on Heist, Room with a View and this one on Fifty Fathoms Deep. Leseman and Peeman’s love-child is just hitting it’s stride, definitely one to watch for 2016.

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By Leo Burrell