Matthew Mole admits he may not be the best at speaking, but through music he’s a natural. The Cape Town, South Africa electronic/folk musician tries to live his life a little differently to the way most people think it should be done. He likes to bring his hopes and beliefs through his music and aims to affect people with it – in a great way; a way that will make his audience think about where they are. With so many influences, ranging from Mumford & Sons to Gold Panda, Matthew creates folk with an electronic backbone. He recorded a number of demos at his home studio which ended up becoming his Same Parts, Same Heart EP. His track "You & Your Crown" won the Converse "Get Out Of The Garage" competition, which enabled him to perform at London’s legendary 100 Club on Oxford Street and fly to New York City to record a song for their Rubber Tracks campaign in November of last year. His forthcoming debut album The Home We Built (Just Music) will be released next month and was recorded with producer Matthew Fink (Tailor, Shadowclub, Nakhane Toure).
STREAM: “You & Your Crown”
Twenty-one-year-old Scottish singer-songwriter Rachel Sermanni is a storyteller who packs an almighty punch with her earthy folk melodies, dexterous fingerpicking and a voice to blow all others out of the water. Rachel self-released her debut EP, Black Currents (Rough Trade), to critical and peer acclaim. Elbow frontman (and BBC 6 Music presenter) Guy Garvey says, “Really really something special. She’s amazing. Listen to her voice. Quite astonishing!” The EP went straight to No.1 in the Coalition Singles Charts, where it stayed for two weeks. Produced by marvel Ian Grimble (Manic Street Preachers), it showcases her unique talent through four beautiful tracks, which conjure a kaleidoscopic reverie of sights and sounds. Rachel has since released her debut album, Under Mountains (Middle of Nowhere Records/Rough Trade), a collection of 12 songs that debuted at No. 2 in the UK independent charts. She has headlined two UK and European tours, appeared at both Folk Alliance and MUSEXPO last year, which led to multiple licensing, publishing and booking opportunities. Rachel’s razor-sharp wit and natural affinity with any audience belie her young age and have led to support slots with the likes of Elvis Costello, Rumer and Ron Sexsmith. Her first Canadian tour is already confirmed for September and her first Australian dates are secured for December. Rachel just had an amazing performance at the Go North Festival in Scotland, which resulted in immediate U.S. licensing interest from a major US TV network.
STREAM: “The Fog”
The ultra-talented Austrian LEO is an entertainer who is inspired by music, fashion, art, film, people and life itself. Even though she’s only 19 years of age, she’s traveled the globe and has been inspired by the world she lives in. Music has been the catalyst to help LEO express her life experiences in a true, sincere and passionate way, which has allowed her to share her experiences through her gift of music. Over the past few months LEO has been working with some exceptional creative minds including Evan Bogart (Beyoncé, Rihanna, Britney Spears, OneRepublic), Justin Gray (Joss Stone), Peter Stengaard (Pussycat Dolls, Ashanti) and has even had the legendary multi-Grammy Award-winning writer Diane Warren, one of the world’s greatest songwriters, give her a few songs to sing as fan of LEO’s early work. She has recently secured North American representation with UTA (United Talent Agency), which represents many successful global artists including Celine Dion. LEO’s powerful voice and unique mix of contemporary pop, R&B and dance music are displayed in her debut single “Finally.” Written by LEO along with Fingazz (Snoop Dogg), who also produced the track, “Finally” should appeal to fans of Destiny’s Child, Christina Aguilera and Ariana Grande.