Rising Urban Music Stars in the UK
June 16th, 2014
Urban music is alive and well in the UK. Attesting to its continuing popularity are the rising stars to watch in 2014. If you follow the urban music scene in London and surrounding locations, you may have your own favorite new stars. These a few noted by The Guardian as those worthy of watching for during break out performances during 2014.
Only 18, Rainy made her debut last summer at the Lovebox festival in east London. Not even close to a headliner, Milo was almost at the bottom of the lineup poster. After her recent single, Rats, which The Guardian calls a “dreamy, near-perfect bit of pop-R&B” that evoked comparisons to Amy, Lily, Sade and MIA, Milo should be moving up the lineup list in the future.
Rainy (born, “Rachel”) put her first song, ‘Bout You, on social media and found her backing track by searching YouTube for “free jazz instrumentals.” She was only 15 at the time. She wrote the lyrics and recorded the song on her laptop in around 20 minutes. Her “official” debut album is to come in 2014.
The stage name of Adio Marchant was formerly a co-vocalist for the six-piece Manchester band, Kid British. His debut EP, Aesthetics, hit the stores in June 2013. His second, Drowning Butterflies, was released in November 2013. His latest, Where Did the Love Go, had a release date of April 2014. His debut album is scheduled for release later in 2014. Hi’s also headlining O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire in October of this year. Watch for his rise in 2014.
This eloquent singer-songwriter from Bristol, England had his debut EP, Did You Hear the Rain?, released in October 2013. His second, Cassy O’, came out in March 2014. His debut studio LP, Wanted on Voyage, comes at the end of June 2014.
His bluesy style evokes influences Bob Dylan and Woody Guthrie. However, Ezra has a more polished voice than his idols. UK urban music fans are preparing for a major 2014 breakthrough for George Ezra.