We’ve been a little mean to the Night VI in the past, but that’s only because we loved them so deeply after we heard their first track. So it’s a relief to hear Fears, where it seems like the group have gone back to the drawing board after their over-produced EP and really focused on what matters: a lilting lullaby on the bed of a harp, bringing Sophie-Rose Harper’s vocals to the fore. We really hope they take on more of this in future, because Fears is fragile and beautiful.
‘Raven with a J’ Javeon seems to be criminally overlooked in the 2014 lists, but that hasn’t stopped him being ridiculously prolific and consistent. Give Up blends a bit of dance with two-step and it’s really quite addictive. Needless to say, PMR have got yet another winner on their hands.
New York chanteuse Niia’s Generation Blue stands out immediately, in that it has Robin Hannibal’s stamp all over it. Think Rhye x Yuna (both of whom he’s associated with) and you’re almost there; Niia’s husky vocal adds depth to this smooth slow-burner. If it hasn’t charmed you within the first minute, you’ll definitely have melted by the final violin.
With a name like Ecstasy, you’d hope for something quite euphoric. Luckily this self-styled ‘dream-indie’ group give us quite a high on their new Exhale EP; it’s hard to pick a favourite from it, but White Limos shines as something that wouldn’t have been out of place on M83’s last album. Joyous stuff.