ONE TO WATCH: Eddy Calvert

Eddy Calvert has been on “Lust Lips & Drug Trips” to a more intense “Thrill” earlier this year. 2015 is set to be a great year for him and you heard it here first. Hailing from Hasting, Eddy Calvert has been bubbling on the UK music scene for a little while and going from strength to strength. His recent projects, “Lust Lips & Drug Trips” and…

ONE TO WATCH: Jay Alpha

Brooklyn beatmaker Jay Alpha is our One To Watch. This One To Watch has been a long time coming as I’ve been privy to Jay Alpha’s music for quite some time. The producer, straight out of NYC, stays close to his roots when it comes to murky aesthetics but pushes the boat out a little further with some trippy elements reminiscent of a certain Detroit…

ONE TO WATCH: KJ Palmer

Nottingham rapper/sound engineer KJ Palmer is our One To Watch. KJ Palmer is a Nottingham based rapper and sound engineer who is producing what I can only describe as his own brand of aural art. His debut track, a collaboration with another Nottingham rapper Kai, is called Manslaughter and has already received airplay on BBC Introducing and BBC Asian Network. It is a hypnotic and…

One To Watch: Ella Martini

Meet Ella Martini, a 19-year-old soul singer/songwriter from Oxford and our One To Watch. After getting to the final of “Live and Unsigned” at the age of 15, Ella Martini began gigging around the UK. Her natural flow of positive energy on stage has landed her support slots for the likes of Jess Glynne, MNEK and Nizlopi’s Luke Concannon. Following co-signs from BBC’s Jen Long, her debut…

ONE TO WATCH: Haze Beatz

Haze Beatz is our One To Watch bringing us some dope hydroponic-boom-bap-sonics. The self proclaimed “sample excavating, pad bashing, gangster of love” and Bedford resident Haze Beatz has only been making music for a few years but he’s no stranger to the pursuit of that rare “perfect break”. Haze fell in love with golden age boom bap at a young age but only considered making music for himself…

ONE TO WATCH: MNSTRMKK

Finnish producer MNSTRMKK is our One To Watch. I check my Soundcloud account every so often to find new music and see if anyone has followed me (indulgent, I know). It just so happened someone had followed me but upon further inspection, it was clear their music more than worthy of a spot on Sampleface. The artist in question is called MNSTRMKK and he comes…

One To Watch: MUNOZ

Our One To Watch is Chicago producer MUNOZ. After listening through a couple of tracks by MUNOZ, my first question was: how the hell is this kid only 17? Hailing from Chicago, MUNOZ’s style takes its cue from the schools of Flying Lotus and Madlib with its disregard to audible cleanliness and tight rhythms. While his heavily compressed hip hop is a joy to hear,…

ONE TO WATCH: Mr Slim

London’s Mr Slim is our One To Watch. There are certain styles when it comes to sampling. You could go for the rough unkempt loops or chop them up and rearrange them. Alternatively, you can take it back to the old school and layer them up bar by bar. Mr Slim, however, mixes those methods into his own brand of jazz hop. The London producer…

ONE TO WATCH: Lily McKenzie

South London’s own Lily McKenzie is our One To Watch. London is full to the brim with immense talent and one of those underground stars is Lily Mckenzie, a singer/songwriter and pianist. After a string of releases, she has dropped her latest EP “Support Machine” featuring fellow South Londoner Giggs. The Brit School alumnus has gone from strength to strength since her debut single “Where I Belong“. The…

ONE TO WATCH: The Soul Diaries

Radio show The Soul Diaries is our One To Watch. The Soul Diaries – an alternative Soul radio show on Westside 89.6FM – has been steadily gaining momentum since the first episode a couple of months ago. Providing alternative soul, hip hop, break beat and jazz squeezed into two wonderful hours of listening, TSD presenter Nikita Chauhan has really got an ear for music everyone…