Marina Satti & Fonés
Marina Satti is a shining example of the cultural melting pot that is the Mediterranean. Cretan by birth, Greek-Sudanese by heritage and with a musical background in jazz, Satti takes polyphonic Greek singing traditions into surprising territories with electro-pop, Middle Eastern vibes and more international influences.
1 SHOW | 5 PROMOTIONS
Formed in Brighton, Squid have built their name on the back of a run of fine singles and incendiary live shows – including three packed sets at Glastonbury and a sensational Eurosonic show that should have set them up for a… oh well… but it did give the band extra time to follow-up their EP Town Centre with the singles ‘Broadcaster’ and ‘Sludge’.
Black Country, New Road
2 SHOWS | 4 PROMOTIONS
Black Country, New Road are from Cambridge and sound like a proper filthy juggernaut of a band, a real experience to behold. At times, colossal metal riffs mangle with frenetic jazz freak-outs; occasionally film noir string motifs are motored into the urgent present with a water-tight rhythm section adding that post-rock feel.
1 SHOW | 4 PROMOTIONS
Los Bitchos is an international collective of multi-instrumentalists currently residing in London. Influences range from psych and garage to Cumbia and tequila, unsurpring really when the members come from as far afield as Perth in Australia, Montevideo, Stockholm and Croydon.
This former teacher raps in Ukrainian and hits the bull’s eye with her lyrics. Her debut album Ribki (or Fischlein, a synonym for young women) is about women like Alyona who are not accepted by society. It became a viral hit in Ukraine where ‘Salischaju swij dim’ (‘I leave my house’) has become an unofficial anthem for the many who want to move away from their traditional life to a better future.
Junior Brother is an experimental folk singer from Kerry, Ireland playing sometimes humorous and at times heady tunes. Fusing Joanna Newsom and (legendary Irish folkies) Plantxy, this is fiercely personal, and fiercely original music with a captivating performer, a unique and striking voice, and an uncanny ability to wield a powerful narrative thread through his songs.
Milan natives Meduza are taking the electronic music world by storm with their moody, melodic and energetic remixes and productions. Tipped as the hottest signing of the Amsterdam Dance Event in recent years, Meduza open their account with the Friendly Fires remix Heaven Let Me, mixing bright and assertive brass with a relentless groove, contrasting with the relaxed vocals.
They met in 2016 in the Austrian Girls Rock Camp and then shook up the Viennese underground scene with their surf-ish garage pop sound. After one self-titled EP and over two years of playing their debut album comes out in November 2019. DIVES speaks their minds, they challenge their listeners and their music celebrates levity, the lightheartedness of juvenility.
18 year-old Parisian singer-songwriter Crystal Murray is a natural born talent, with an enchanting, dream-like sound that sits between jazz, house and soul. Born to an African-American jazzman and a Franco-Spanish mother who dabbled in world music, she grew up listening to Macy Gray, John Coltrane, Marvin Gaye and Beyoncé. In 2018 she created ‘After Ten’ with musician/producer PH Trigano.
2 SHOWS | 2 PROMOTIONS
They are “the Belarusian New Order of the new generation”, but Egor, Roman and Pavel from Minsk are called Molchat Doma. Their lyrics and music are visceral and intense and they play hybrid of bleak post-punk and minimalistic synth-pop that is both 80s-influenced and somewhat futuristic.
1 SHOW | 2 PROMOTIONS
Born in a small town near the Great Lakes, Barbara Lehnhoff a.k.a. Camilla Sparksss is a Swiss-Canadian singer, songwriter and visual artist, also known from post-punk band Peter Kernel. Second album Brutal, an instinctive mixture of experimental, lo-fi electronic pop, and melodic collages, performed with turntables, fat synthesisers and cutting vocals, came out in April 2019.