Words by Shannon Cotton
After a long day and night trying to find the next big thing at this year’s Great Escape, you’re bound to want to have a bit of down time, so why not practice now? Sit back, relax and allow us to share with you some of the best chill out tracks from artists appearing on the South coast in May.
London duo IDER’s immersive, R&B tinged, electronic pop is the perfect soundtrack to a chill out session. ‘Pulse’ is one of the slower songs in their back catalogue, with a selection of more upbeat offerings available to listen to on the pair’s recent debut EP ‘Gut Me Like An Animal’. Their harmonies are truly captivating and worth checking out in Brighton next month.
While the name may infer more rigorous sonic capabilities, South East London’s Jerkcurb’s (known to some as cartoonist and animator Jacob E. M. Read) placid pop roots itself amongst delicate guitars which are especially evident on ‘Night On Earth’. Matt Maltese’s piano driven tracks with achingly beautiful lyrics are a compelling listen on record, so one can only imagine how these will transpire live at TGE – definitely one not to be missed and showcasing tracks from his ‘Just Cosmo’ EP, Cosmo Pyke’s slacker spoken word is Brighton-bound sun-kissed bliss.
Amber Bain is The Japanese House, and under this moniker she creates flowing yet intricate dream pop, released on illustrious indie label Dirty Hit. Already a favourite with the critics, she certainly won’t have to ‘Swim Against The Tide’ at this year’s Great Escape. Isle of Wight exports CHAMPS are used to the seaside, and their music replicates the freedom at sea, which will fit in around Brighton just perfectly come May.
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