With the recent break-out international success of British music talent such as Coldplay and David Gray, here are three new acts from Blighty that are poised to follow:
Otherwise know as 21-year-old singing-rapping sensation Niomi Daley, Dynamite won the U.K.’s prestigious Mercury Music Prize this year, as well as three MOBOs, the British awards specific to black musicians.
Her debut album “A Little Deeper” has taken Britain by storm. Her style incorporates an insightful, no-nonsense attitude and an inventive musical sensibility — such as the fusing of a traditional Eastern European sound with urban groove on the song “It Takes More.”
A media darling with both domestic and international crossover appeal, very big things are expected from Dynamite.
Their eponymous debut album has struck a powerful chord with Britain’s male teenagers. The Music’s sound is big, ringing, mountaintop music, in stark contrast to the studied restraint of most current British guitar bands — think Led Zeppelin without the baroque.
This youthful four-piece band from Leeds in northern England honed their chops the old-fashioned way — by incessant touring. The prognosis for the Music is long term, with stadium potential.
Music can be a very serious business in Britain, but this sextet from the seaside town of Hoylake, near Liverpool, was clearly never told the rules.
The Coral — with member ages spanning 18 to 21 — have also caused a stir with their first album. For them, style is a mix-and-match of genres coupled with spirited irreverence.
Tough to pigeonhole but comparable to early Madness, albeit far less married to ska, the Coral has a reputation as one of the hottest live acts in the country.