It’s been a busy year for Brighton hip-hop artist Hatter, who has released single ‘Murky’, as well as mini-EP HatterDay – which featured Bobbie Johnson and Moony – already this year. Not only that, he featured on Normanton Street’s remix for ace single ‘That’s It’. Now, the young musician has collaborated with Mëi and Phonetic for the brilliant ‘Kingpin’.
As fantastic as the Brighton music scene is it does seem, at times, to be a little too guitar and rock-heavy. Which makes Collect Call, the new project from Joseph Thorpe, even more exciting. The Brighton trio leave the indie-rock style guitar hooks for a dose of electronica that is more aligned with the likes of Four Tet, James Blake and Thom Yorke. Using euphoric synthesisers and emotive vocal hooks, their debut single ‘Greenhouse’ is a beautiful, yet sombre, piece that makes you want to return again and again.
Things are really heating up for Brighton’s buzziest band, Thyla. After dropping the superb ‘Blue’ last week, the quartet have played a raucous and packed-out headline show at London’s The Shacklewell Arms this week as well as announcing their very first headline tour of the UK and their first trip to the USA.
Twilight Driving, the Brighton-based four-piece of George Gleeson, Will Mavin, Aidan Chadwick, and Danny Lawrence, have shown exceptional promise in 2018. Starting it with ‘When Love Goes Wrong’ and continuing into the summer with the earworm-heavy ‘Between The Sheets’, as well as playing some exciting shows with the likes of Safe to Swim, Courts and Hot Dreams, the band have been building some serious momentum.
Brighton’s Tuval has been an artist we’ve been following for a very long time. Having interviewed him way back in 2015, as well as catching his EP launch at The Hope & Ruin in the very same year. He’s been a whole lot quieter this year, despite releasing a gorgeous EP in the form of My Love Don’t Worry. Thankfully, he’s returned to end 2018 on a high with the fantastic ‘We Can Burn’.
Brighton’s Demonstrations have been picking up a head of steam in 2018. Releasing their debut single ‘Extradite’ – a stuttering piece of atmospheric rock – they’ve gone from strength to strength moving towards the end of the year. Now, they’ve returned with their follow-up, ‘Kingfisher’, which is a vibrant and jangly slice of indie-rock.
Kudu Blue have been a band that we’ve championed for some time here at Brightonsfinest. From reviewing their headline shows at Green Door Store and The Hope & Ruin back in 2014 and 2016, to interviewing the band in the very same year. After some time out, they’ve finally followed up 2017’s ‘Call Out’ with the excellent ‘Auras’.
Lacuna Bloome look set to be the breakout Brighton band of 2019. Currently on the This Feeling Alive tour supporting Trampolene, they’ve also dropped a brand-new single to end 2018 just how they started it: with a bang! ‘Find Your Way’ sees the band further exploring their psych meets swaggering indie-rock sound.
The first three acts for the 2019 Love Supreme Jazz Festival have been announced and feature a return for jazz-pop star Jamie Cullum, legendary disco-soul diva Gladys Knight, and three-time Grammy Award-winning jazz and funk collective Snarky Puppy.
Having supported the likes Bel Esprit, Safe to Swim and Belles around the city, Moth, the Brighton-based quintet, have been stamping their mark on the local live scene ever since their arrival on the South Coast. Working their way up to their debut single – an important moment in the life of any band – they’ve finally arrived with ‘Thirst’, which is a tropical indie banger with tinges of reggae and ska.