• MISS GRIT •
Brooklyn based indie rocker Margaret Sohn started playing music whilst she was studying electrical engineering and computer science at NYU. Written over the course of a lonely January with a head full of musical ideas and guitar in hand, it wasn’t long before her debut EP ‘Talk, Talk’ came to fruition and this is where it all began.
“Sohn’s clear vocal drives deceptively gentle synth-backed ditties into surges of heavier guitars reminiscent of early Yeah Yeah Yeahs.” – Line Of Best Fit
Taking inspirations from LCD Soundsystem and St. Vincent, the group’s distinctive sound is decorated with edgy synths and piercing vocals that make Miss Grit one to keep your eye on. They’ll be supporting Cigarettes After Sex later this year and have upcoming shows in New York, London and we’re lucky enough to have them gracing the stages of Manchester, Bristol and Nottingham for Dot To Dot 2019!
Take a listen to ‘Running Slow’, the other-worldly new track that Miss Grit dropped this week.
• SUN SIVLA •
Genuinely forward-thinking indie band Sun Silva have really begun to make a name for themselves. Influenced by the likes of Radiohead, Tame Impala and the emotive, fleshed-out latter work of The Maccabees, the first taste from Sun Silva came in the form of ’Blue Light’. Featuring a full brass section and built around layered, intricate instrumentation and a soaring, harmony-laden chorus, it lands somewhere between Jungle and a more cerebral, ambitious Honne. Thematically dealing with “being obsessed with all these screen-based things that were stressing me out and I didn’t even realise”, it’s socially aware but elusive enough as not to be bogged down by these concerns.
When ‘Blue Light’ got picked up to feature on the soundtrack of gaming bestseller FIFA 19 it was a real sign of great things to come. This release led to the band being championed by indie taste-makers including DIY, Dork and Clash, alongside strong radio support from Radio 1 and BBC Introducing.
Last month we were treated to Sun Silva’s second single a Temples-esque hard hitter that we can’t wait to see live on the D2D stage. DIY highlighted the track’s “classic driving melodies, woozy psych and a tendency for the unexpected”. Check it out and get ready for a wild performance at Dot To Dot.
• RACHEL CHINOURIRI •
Created in Croydon with Zimbabwean roots, Rachel Chinouriri marks a new generation of female soul singers. A £20 microphone and second hand laptop was all that the 17-year-old needed to kick start her musical journey. After uploading her experimental tunes onto Soundcloud, it wasn’t long before she caught the eye of BBC Introducing and found her songs on the radio. The release of her beautiful tracks ‘So My Darling’ and ‘What Have I Ever Done’ in 2018 lead to DIY Mag highlighting Racheal in their ‘Get To Know’ feature alongside rising stars like Nilufer Yanya and Mahalia, establishing her as an act to watch.
Soon after, she signed a contract with Marathon Artists and released the dreamy love song ‘Riptide’. NME said: “‘Riptide’ continues Rachel’s development as a musician, with this being her most impressive production and arrangement yet. A hesitant beat is met by swirling vocals, with jazzy-guitar licks sprinkled throughout. A soothing, soulful delight.”
The young creative has proved that her talent is completely independent as she writes and produces all her own music. Last month she released the addictively catchy tune ‘Adrenaline’ and served it with a music video that left us in a daydream. We can’t wait for what are sure to be a series of spellbinding performances Dot To Dot this year!