Caged Tigers, the eight-piece band coming out of BIMM, massively impressed us with their debut single ‘Flow’. A sprawling soul number, it had the scope and nuance of a band far beyond the years of the soul collective. Thankfully and unsurprisingly, their follow-up ‘Home’ is just as brilliant. With soothing vocals, and a wonderfully developed sound, it ends with an impressive, almost extended jam section, which perfectly captures the mood of the current Brighton neo-soul scene.
Taff, the 20-year-old MC from Brighton who is also part of DownSouthUK, has had an impressive 2018 so far. Dropping ‘Taking a Hit’, a beautiful slice of hip-hop with excellent verses and a brilliant beat, he’s finished the year with his debut EP, My Element. Released via QM Records, and featuring single ‘No Smoke’, it’s an exceptionally unique piece of work that we don’t often see come out of the Brighton music scene.
If you weren’t convinced that The Magic Gang had made it to the big time with their euphoric Concorde 2 headline show in September, or their debut album bothering the UK album charts, or signing to a major label, then this should do it. They’ve only gone and collaborated with MOBO, Mercury Prize and BRIT Award nominee and bonafide pop star Jessie Ware!
Brighton quintet Heirloom are, arguably, the most exciting guitar band in Brighton at the moment. Brimming with a beautiful aesthetic style, and their exquisite double A-side ‘Come on Down / Bunny’, they’ve turned a lot of heads on the South Coast with their enthralling live shows. Ending the year the way they started it, they’ve just released their third single ‘Speak in Tongues’ – an energetic, and hazy, dark pop banger with added bite.
It’s been over a year since we’ve heard new music from Chloé Bodur but that, by any means, doesn’t mean she’s not been busy. Gigging across the South East – including two excellent shows at The Hope & Ruin and in Brixton supporting Normanton Street – she’s become one of our favourite artists in the city. Thankfully, after the long wait for music, she’s returned with the beautiful ‘Billie’.
After announcing the return of Mutations festival a few weeks back, One Inch Badge and Small Pond didn’t take long to kickstart the excitement for the 2019 edition of the festival. Headlined by Texas psych outfit White Denim, fresh from their eighth record Performance, it will also feature South London’s Goat Girl and Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation in prominent roles up the bill.
Alternative r’n’b singer-songwriter Nico Cara has returned with ‘Grounded’, following on from his debut ‘Teach Me’ earlier in the year. Out on Pool Valley Recordings, it’s another in the great line of neo-soul coming out of Brighton. A gloriously laidback slice of sun-tinged soul with wavy, captivating beats and Cara’s supple voice keeping it all together.
We’re huge fans of psych outfit Wax Machine here at Brightonsfinest. One of the most unique acts in the Brighton scene, we described their slot at this year’s Lewes Psychedelic festival as fusing, “Visionary fables through the modes of 60s psychedelia, Middle Eastern-influenced vibes and lovingly crafted harmonies.” Following up their The This EP, which dropped in April, the band have now released their third extended play, Mind Palace.
Brighton’s Lacuna Bloome have seemingly come from nowhere in the latter half of 2018. Having witnessed their rise with sets at the Isle of Wight festival, as well as supporting Saltwater Sun and Black Honey, in addition to their very own headline show at The Hope & Ruin, the band look like they’re set to follow in the footsteps of the likes of Fickle Friends and The Magic Gang as Brighton’s next big thing.
It’s been an excellent 2018 thus far for Alfie Neale, the Dorchester-born but Brighton-based musician. Not only has he released the beautiful ‘Liquor Dreams’ – a wonderful slice of soul in the style of Yellow Days – but he sold out the Green Door Store in April and produced a brilliant set supporting Cassia at Patterns. He’s continuing that momentum by announcing a brand-new Brighton show on 16th November.