Future Sounds of 2011

2011 looks set to be another stellar year for Music Liberation, with EP, Single, and Album reviews of brand new music from across the world, as well as a sprinkling of interviews, videos and live gig reports. We are also looking to expand the writing team this year, so please get in touch if you'd like to get involved and join the team. 

Before we get down to the nitty gritty, we thought we'd share our thoughts on which artists we think are going to do well over the next 12 months. In last years 'Future Sounds of 2010' post we tipped - Fenech Soler, Marina And The Diamonds, The Muscle Club, Turbowolf, Ellie Goulding, George Lenton, CasiokidsJoy Orbison, iLiKETRAiNS and Errors . Most of those did rather well if we do say so ourselves, although maybe we were slightly too early with a couple. 

Right onto this years tips...

- Funeral Party
Disco Punk crazyness from LA, Funeral Party release their debut record 'Golden Age Of Knowhere' through Jive later this month.

- Joy Formidable
We first featured Welsh trio Joy Formidable over two years ago, so we are eager to hear their debut album 'Big Roar', and have high hopes.

- James Blake
2nd on the BBC Sounds of 2011 to Jessie J (urgh), James Blake brings something completely new to the table with his unique and and abstract take on dubstep.

- Yasmin
Making the transition from DJ to solo artist, Yasmin looks set for a bright future if her debut single 'On My Own' (produced by Shy FX) is anything to go by. 

- Chapel Club
Will 2011 finally be Chapel Club's year? Well with the long awaited release of their first LP 'Palace' later this month, its surely got to happen!

Over to Moker with his thoughts on 2011...

Of course, music never stops and this year looks set to be as packed with aural gems as 2010. I’ve stumbled across a few low key bands of late who I would recommend you keep tabs on for 2011. 

These are: - Seapony, who have a full album pending, the lo-fi LA-based Superhumanoids, punk-math-noisers Hold Your Horse Is (featured on Music Lib back in September) and ex-Cherbourg lead singer Andrew Davie, who’s now struck out on his own and is fantastic. M83 also has an album in the pipeline for 2011 which should be all shades of amazing, as well as yet another release from the crazy ‘… And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead’. Fantastic!

And finally here's Clive with his chosen few tips for this year.

- Vices
Despite remaining unsigned, this guitar-driven Indie sextet from Reading have racked up 180,000+ MySpace hits. Combining blues, garage rock and skinny jeans could Vices be the UK’s answer to Kings Of Leon?

      - Two Wounded Birds
According to The Drums guitarist Jacob Graham this quartet are that “surf band that everyone wanted The Drums to be.” Look out for their melodic surf-rock tinged debut later this year.

- Sound Of Rum
Jazz laden hip hop outfit fronted by the youthful Kate Tempest – lovable but equally intimidating – their first LP will be released relatively soon through Rob Da Bank’s Sunday Best label.

- Jamie Woon
Yes, Music Liberation knows he’s topped everyone’s ‘Tips for 2011’ lists, but having caught his intimate live show at XOYO just before the close of 2010 I can honestly say that he is one of the new artists I am most excited about for the coming year.

- I Ching
A very new band consisting of Kevin Emre and ex-Thousand Natural Shocks frontman Rollo Smallcombe. Their blend of noise pop, new wave and folk with electronic music is genuinely inspired. I Ching’s MySpace page may still label them as unsigned, but the question is for how long?