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20 for 2020 - Part 4

Introducing the final 5 acts to follow for the year ahead:

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Billy Nomates


A very late entry, there was no doubt this emerging artist would make it onto this list following the release of single ‘No’.


This provided me with one of those joyous little moments of discovery. An exciting mix of sound and delivery, something intriguing and new, the small nods in familiar directions expressed through a witty and intelligent voice and from a new perspective. And for that I am very grateful indeed.


A recent ringing endorsement from Sleaford Mods feels very apt, perhaps speaking to something of a kindred ethos. Billy Nomates has also recently teamed up with INVADA and has hinted at plans for a debut EP.


Which is all to say I am already on board with this artist’s in a big way this year.


You can hear 'No' via all the usual streaming services. Watch the video via YouTube here


Follow on twitter @_billy_nomates


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Pottery


Pottery’s recent singles ‘Texas Drums, Pt. I & II’ and ‘Take Your Time’ are without a doubt up there with my favourites releases so far this year; with their irrepressible dance-punk rhythm and beats, complemented by extremely tight guitar and absolutely cracking vocal hooks, never getting old.


Albeit with a different musicality, I can see this band getting indie and rock leaning audiences all across the land jigging in no time, in a similar vein to the 2007-era indie dance/new rave cohort.


Follow and keep up with all the latest tour news via twitter @potteryband


Tracks to try – Take Your Time; Texas Drums, Pt. I & II

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PVA


A solitary track is all it takes to know that this London based three-piece have plenty of ideas and the ability to use them. Single ‘Divine Intervention’ confidently strides across genres, effortlessly bringing in synths and drum loops, beautiful post-punk-esque guitar and vocals shared across the band.


Already gaining an impressive following, namely as part of a regular cohort of acts appearing at the Windmill, Brixton, and having come off the back of notable support slots including the likes of The Orielles; PVA are all set to realise the hype and have a break-through year.

PVA are due to play The Great Escape (Brighton) in May and End of the Road Festival (Dorset) in September.


Follow and keep up with all the latest tour news via twitter @pva_are_ok


Tracks to try right now – Divine Intervention

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SHEAFS


Recent 5 track EP ‘Vox Pop’ from this Sheffield outfit is full of pounding beats, a relentless energy and, combined with smart, concise riffs, delivers a fresh take on the punk rock spirit and ethos.


Single ‘Care Less’ was reportedly recorded with Spring King’s Tarek Musa and there are parallels here in terms of the breathless pace and pulsating energy. Two and half minutes of dance-grade beats and rhythm flies by, punctuated only by biting lyrical and vocal delivery.

All of which provides plenty of reason to keep a very close eye on this band.


SHEAFS’ EP ‘Vox Pop’ is out now on all the normal streaming services and to buy via https://www.sheafs.co.uk/


Follow and keep up with all the latest tour news via twitter @sheafsband


Tracks to try right now – Thinking Out Loud; Care Less

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Sink Ya Teeth


This Norwich duo have just released their second LP and this, in my humble opinion, has been inexplicably, weirdly – even – underexposed. There have been great write-ups and positive comment, so I'm not saying that.


Its just I really, really like Sink Ya Teeth, and I especially love ‘Two’. It’s great and I think it should be heard and shared much more widely. I could easily just leave it there, but that slightly defeats the point of a blog.


So - to somewhat reluctantly attempt to put some context around Sink Ya Teeth’s sound; there is dance with a rock spirit. There is a dark edge. There are combinations of dirty bass lines, dance beats and an array of vocal styles. At the dance end of things, perhaps, comparisons could be drawn to the likes of Soulwax and The Knife. At the rock end, You’re a Woman, I’m a Machine era Death From Above 1979. Elsewhere, file in the same ballpark as the extraordinary Bloc Party Silent Alarm remixes.

All of which is putting this duo’s material in the same breaths as some of my most adored music to date.


‘Two’ is out now via Hey Buffalo Records and on all the usual streaming services.


Follow @sinkyateeth


Tracks to try – If You See Me; Blue Room; Sweetness

You can hear selected tracks from all these artists and more, on the Happy on the Inside Spotify playlist


Happy listening.

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