13 for '13

2013 v3(2)

Year after year, we change the format of the end-of-year OTU round-up (routine is boring), and this year I’ve opted for a forward-looking feature rather than reflecting on what was a rather disappointing year in the music world. Many are desperate to have their tastes for 2013 dictated to them by either the BBC Sound of 2013 or MTV’s Brand New for 2013, but the interesting thing is we’ve been championing some of the acts they’ve thrust upon you this past week for quite some time. The rest of them we probably don’t care about.

So, here’s a chance to get clued up with some genuine upcoming talents that I expect to release more fantastic material this year and break through that next barrier of success, whether it’s into mainstream consciousness or slightly wider underground appreciation. Note that I didn’t say commercial success. Whilst some will certainly find that and it is a facet of their potential growth this year, it’s far from essential, and each selection here deserves to be so on quality and potential more than anything. Regular reader or not, you’ll have heard of several of these selections before and be assured those acts are here on merit, not because a label asked us to do so; something the aforementioned 2013 ‘predictions’ from the mainstream outlets can’t honestly claim. Let’s go. → Continue Reading

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Steven A. Clark-Fornication Under Consent of the King (Free Album)

Give this a listen and you’ll forgive me for the late pass.

Though some may already be familiar with his work, the closest comparison I can make of Steven for the rest of you is somewhere between Miguel and Maxwell. The album art here is clearly inspired by the latter’s most recent album, whilst his passionate yet occassionally delicate vocal style also draws from the same influence, though his music carries a more hook-centric and contemporary vibe and hence the Miguel parallels. Clark though is more inclined to select productions that have a hint of experimentalism about them, giving his music a unique and genre-blending feel: as he self-produces almost all of his work, it’s fair to suggest his eclecticism isn’t falsely derived from those he works with either, and instead is genuine diversity. From the lively and incredibly infectious opening track through to the soft and progressive closer, it’s a project delivered with an assurance and quality that belies his status as an upcoming act, and one that showcases a very talented artist with a great future.

Steven A. Clark-Fornication Under Consent of the King

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