The temperature has dropped and people keep talking about 2020, so we thought it was about time we presented you with the 2019 Winter Edition of Seasonal Sounds! This quarter’s handpicked musicians range from DJs to an indie-folk trio. Some you may already know, others you may not, but we’re sure their music will keep you going over the winter months, especially when you need a break from the endless loop of Christmas music!
By Renée Jackson & Sophie Ogunyemi
1 | KOKOROKO
Every time we see Kokoroko perform, we leave on a high. Whether playing an intimate show or one of their headliners, the jazz-influenced Afrobeat Collective never fail to bring the good vibes accompanied by soulful sounds and vibrant voyages. Their self-titled EP plays the beautiful underlying sounds of West African roots and draws from personal experiences. Outside the collective, the majority of the group embark on numerous individual musical adventures. They are definitely a MUST-SEE!
2 | DAP The Contract
DAP is one of those frustratingly talented people; he raps, produces, sings, has his ABRSM piano Diploma, and on top of that he is studying law… yeah, we know. Born in Lagos Nigeria, DAP has lived in London and is now based in New York so has had a wealth of inspiration. You can clearly hear influences from hip-hop and R&B to jazz and classical in his music. He recently opened for Skepta and Burna Boy at the first annual Nativeland Festival. DAP has just released some new music so get listening quick! CT III is now out on Spotify.
3 | DJ Tash LC
Whenever you hear that Tash LC on a line-up, be prepared to DANCE! We’re not talking about a two-step, we’re talking serious moves. The 24-year-old is behind Club Yeke, a label and club night, and also one of the three faces of Boko! Boko!. When she’s not bringing the fire on Worldwide FM or BBC 1Xtra, you can catch her throwing down future sounds from all over in a Boiler Room set. The urge to dance will definitely keep you warm this winter.
4 | MANSUR BROWN
There are quite a few phenomenal videos surfing the web of this young guitar prodigy. You may recognise him from trio Yussef Kamaal but now on a solo journey, Brown is most certainly a force to be reckoned with. He has lit up the music scene with his undeniable talent, and since releasing an amazing first solo project ‘Shiroi‘ last year and his effortless, sold out performance at Corsica Studios in October, there is no doubt as to why he is one of our ones to watch for 2020.
5 | CAFÉ SPICE
Café Spice is a trio who create heavenly warming winter harmonies reminiscent of Mamas & Papas, whilst also sitting with the effortlessly sublime indie-folk of contemporaries such as HAIM or The Staves. The trio come from different corners: England, Ireland and Scotland, but are now based in Manchester together. 2019 has been a good year for the trio. Fresh off the back of their first two singles, they’ve been travelling up and down the country in Niamh’s tiny car, playing gigs in a myriad of venues and places. Be sure to follow them and catch them at their next gig!
Here’s a Christmassy winter warmer: Café Spice – Silent Night (Unplugged) you’re welcome ❄