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Rudimental are an East London production team led by Piers Aggett, who had an underground hit with Spoons (featuring MNEK and Syron) and are looking likely to achieve a huge summer smash with new single Feel The Love. It features young white soul singer John Newman, who is also expected to be a big name in the future, and I could even see it going to no.1. The track was premiered on Radio 1 last week and is already getting lots of support from the station. They're working on an album for later this year, and it'll be interesting to see what they do next to capitalise on their mainstream breakthrough.
Who knew that 2012 would be the year of rappers named after a flowering shrub? Like Azealia Banks, Iggy Azalea is a female rapper so far best known for an online hit song with extremely rude lyrics. For 21-year-old Iggy, that track is called Pu$$y and its success led to an unusual joint deal for the Australian star with Universal subsidiary Interscope Records and US rapper T.I.'s label Grand Hustle, which is part of Warner Music Group. Iggy has already recorded her debut album The New Classic and it is expected to be released this summer, following the first official single Murda Bizness.
There's a new Scandinavian mixed gender group making waves in the US at the moment, but sadly it's not Le Kid. Of Monsters and Men are an Icelandic indie-pop band who were signed to Universal earlier this year after their single Little Talks attracted a great deal of online buzz. They released their debut album in America two weeks ago and I was amazed to see it entered the album chart at no.6! Little Talks is a very sweet, jolly sing-along song, likely to end up being this year's Young Folks or Pumped Up Kicks. It will be as much at home on Radio 1 as Radio 2, which is usually a recipe for success.
This week's playlist features five new singles by British artists that I think will be big hits:
- D'Banj – Oliver Twist
- The Wanted – Chasing The Sun
- Lawson – When She Was Mine
- Cheryl Cole – Call My Name
- Benga ft. Bebe Black – Icon
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