The first of this year's Sub-Sonic Live gigs features one of the hottest tipped artists for 2013, King Krule. Blending stripped-down elements of dub, experimental indie and jazz with emotive lyrics, he cites influences ranging from 50s rock n’ roll to underground hip-hop.
King Krule, in his recent interview, said he wants to start a new 'raw' movement, where things get a bit more real, physically, and this is your chance to get involved in this quest - by going to see him performing live at the Garage, Islington, on Thursday 28th March.
With a much anticipated debut album soon to be released after a markedly well received 2011 EP, and a recent nomination for the best new music BBC Sound of 2013 poll, Archy Marshall AKA King Krule is like a fermenting fluid - effervescing too much to be contained by its current vessel. With unprocessed, allusive lyrics, a sound blending stripped-down elements of dubstep, experimental indie and jazz, and an appearance which is equally cross-genred, King Krule cites influences ranging from 50s rock n roll to hip hop, has a charged interest in the London underground scene, and has ambitions of starting a new 'raw' movement in Britain.
King Krule's latest release was a double A-side single featuring two stunning new tracks, 'Rock Bottom' and 'Octopus', which can be streamed from above. They are two very different songs; 'Rock Bottom' as a triumphantly doomed airstrike of rhythm and blues equipped with deconstructed blast-beat percussion and Marshall's characteristic croon in more vital, venomous form than we've heard it before, while 'Octopus' lethargically emerges from beneath a thick cloak of electronic smog and dub textures, melding swathes of low-end frequency and shimmering atmospherics against blissed-out incantations and snaking sax solos.
Half German, half American but raised and refined in Crystal Palace, Arlissa’s poster-girl looks and effortless songwriting present the image of a bulletproof pop-star-in-waiting. Don’t let that fool you. Aged just twenty, Arlissa’s is a surprisingly turbulent tale of hard-fought independence and maturity, all of which seeps into the emotional core of her material.
Arlissa’s songwriting is as honest and vulnerable as a twenty year old’s should be, but a consistent theme is her ability to turn these universal tales of heartache and independence into something more escapist, uplifting and strong.
Future single ‘Writing on the Wall’ is a dramatic and impassioned meditation on the breakup with her ex, but as its marching Latin beats and soaring chorus imply, this is not your traditional weepy ballad.
Obaro Ejimiwe, aka Ghostpoet, laughs when he remembers how Gilles Peterson "took a risk on a random maverick" back in 2010 by signing him to the Radio 1 DJ's Brownswood imprint. Within a year, that risk paid off: Ghostpoet's debut album, Peanut Butter Blues & Melancholy Jam, marked him out as one of the most distinct, uncategorisable and forward-thinking voices to emerge in British music this decade, and it was rewarded with a surprise Mercury Prize nomination in 2011. It was a sudden rise for a man who for whom news of a record deal came in the same week that he was made redundant from his office job in insurance.