• davidgiuntoli March 31, 2015 Claire

    German music machine whose songs have iconic pop elements. Hometown: Munich. The lineup: Josie Claire Burkle (vocals), Florian Kiermaier (guitar), Fidolin Achten (drums), Matthias Hauck (synths), Nepomuk Heller (synths). The background: Historically when a band has taken a simple christian or surname – the Smiths, James, Raymonde – it has signalled an intention on the […]

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  • davidgiuntoli Mutual Benefit

    Nomadic American produces album of superbly blurry, lush indie pop about life and love. Hometown: Brooklyn. The lineup: Jordan Lee (vocals, instruments), plus assorted musicians including Andrew Morehart, Katie Pierce, Bradley Will, Marc Merza and Samuel Yager. The background: “Look, this is a bloody great Sunday record,” wrote a Mancunian friend in an email on, […]

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  • davidgiuntoli Bad Rabbits

    Dirty ’80s funk revisited from an outfit much loved by Prince. Hometown: Boston, MA. The lineup: Fredua “Dua” Boakye (vocals), Sheel Davé (drums), Salim Akram (guitar), Graham Masser (bass), Santiago Araujo (guitar). The background: Like that other new-ish soul-dance outfit Quadron, Bad Rabbits have been around for a while but this is being touted as […]

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  • davidgiuntoli Andrew Ashong

    He’s the psych-soul brother stoned on ethereal jazzy grooves. Hometown: Forest Hill, London. The lineup: Andrew Ashong (vocals, music). The background: Sam Smith is this year’s winner of the BRIT’s Critics’ Choice award, which puts him at the commercial vanguard of a new soul wave. There were, at last count, around two dozen emerging male […]

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  • davidgiuntoli Molly Beanland

    Modern-day purveyor of power ballads. Fully expect a semi, if not total, eclipse of the heart. Hometown: London. The lineup: Molly Beanland (voice, music). The background: Last Friday night we stood for several hours in the Electric Ballroom in London as 1,500 people went gaga, not to Lady Gaga, no, to a succession of ’80s […]

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  • davidgiuntoli Ry X

    Australian falsetto crooner discovers commercial value in aching sadness and wintry desolation. Hometown: Los Angeles. The lineup: Ry Cuming (vocals, music). The background: If you were wondering who the desolate-sounding singer with the Bon Iver-ish falsetto was on the new Sony Bravia TV advert and you couldn’t get SoundHound to work, it’s Ry Cuming. He’s […]

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  • davidgiuntoli Rey Pila

    They’re signed to Julian Casablancas’ label, they’re on tour with Albert Hammond Jr, and they sound like an ’80s synth-rock Strokes. Hometown: Mexico City. The lineup: Diego Solorzano, Rodrigo Blanco and Andres Velasco. The background: Rey Pila means “King Battery” in Spanish. You will learn little about the band Rey Pila from this. They are […]

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  • davidgiuntoli Bipolar Sunshine

    Ex-Kid British boy wonder turned solo hybrid of the Streets and Blur. Hometown: Manchester. The lineup: Adio Marchant (vocals, music). The background: You could call it a case of every dog having his day, or simply just reward for (dogged) persistence, but anyway, here comes Bipolar Sunshine, the second appearance in this column for Adio […]

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  • davidgiuntoli Rainer

    Hometown: London. The lineup: Rebekah Raa (vocals), Nic Nell (music). The background: This year’s BBC Sound Of… poll has had the usual mixed reaction. We think it’s a pretty strong lineup, even if just on the basis of FKA Twigs and Kelela, but there’s also Say Lou Lou and MNEK, Jungle and Sampha, Chance the […]

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  • davidgiuntoli Sampha

    He’s the new piano man with the husky voice whose stark confessionals have made him the go-to balladeer for hip hoppers and dubsteppers. Hometown: Morden, South London. The lineup: Sampha Sisay (music, production). The background: Sampha first made a cameo in this column in 2010 in an article on rapper Dels, the year he released […]

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