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Could the next big dubstep star be a former folk singer from Scotland? Maybe! Dot JR (real name Jimmy Reeves) is actually a lot more than another dubstep artist, although his music is clearly dubstep-influenced. He's managed by Tinie Tempah's company Disturbing London (along with Sasha Keable) and signed to Polydor, after being chased by a few big labels. At the time of signing he had some promising electro-R&B tracks on his MySpace which have since been removed, but they have been replaced by a track called Moonlight which sounds as exciting now as it did when he first uploaded it a year ago. I wouldn't be surprised it Labrinth had given it a few listens before he made Earthquake.
Thanks to Adele there is likely to be a lot more attention on large indie label XL Recordings over the coming year, and one artist who may benefit from that is Willis Earl Beal. He's a very talented Chicago soul singer who recently sold out his first ever UK gig and will re-release his debut album through XL in April, but amazingly only a few months ago he was a contestant on X Factor US! His acapella videos position him as a cooler version of Aloe Blacc, but his new single Evening's Kiss is just generic depressing indie which I feel wastes his vocal talent. Why mumble when you can sing so well?
X Factor reject-turned-runner up Amelia Lily has been offered a record deal thanks to one of the UK's best writer/producers Brian Higgins, head of the production team Xenomania. Despite the overall disaster that was Xenomania's previous attempt to launch a label, Xenomania Records (home of Mini Viva and Alex Gardner) which went through Universal, Brian now has a new imprint within Sony and Amelia is his first signing. I'm sure Brian will work his magic but I can't see her doing that well, as there's been no buzz about her since the show ended. If he had to sign anyone from X Factor 2011, surely Misha would have been a better choice?
This week's playlist features the songs I think should be sampled or re-interpreted for 2012.
- Ashanti – Foolish
- Lumidee – Never Leave You (Uh Oooh, Uh Oooh)
- Tweet ft. Missy Elliott – Oops (Oh My)
- Outhere Brothers – Boom Boom Boom
- Gala – Freed From Desire
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