Monday, 27 January 2014


As usual this comes a little late, but whatever, here are our 'Future Sounds Of 2014'. If you're so inclined you can view the previous years choices from 2013, 2012, 2011, and 2010.

Rachel Sermanni - A young lady from Carrbridge in the Highlands, Sermanni helped spur on the folk 'revival' with the release of her debut LP 'Under Mountains' back in 2012, and returns this year with new material. The first of which is an EP titled 'Everything Changes' which is out now.

Sophie Jamieson - She put out our favourite EP of last year - 'Where', so it's no surprise we're tipping Miss Sophie Jamieson in 2014. An incredible talent, she's recently added a drummer - Amos Memon - to the set up, so we're expecting even bigger and better things this year!

Crows - Randomly caught Crows playing The Purple Turtle in Camden earlier this year, instantly blown away. Research revealed they've so far put out two singles through their own label Dolphinarium, with more planned for this year. Expect 80's gothic rock brought up to date!

Laura Welsh - We first picked up on Laura in 2012 with her double single 'Call To Arms / Hollow Drum'. With new material surfacing already in 2014 this could be her breakthrough year. Her voice is next level awesome- with the right songs she's bound for great things.

Denai Moore -We picked up on Denai Moore with her EP 'The Lake' late last year. That record was produced by Ben Drew and she's already appeared on Jools Holland, pretty big things for someone who is only 19! This year has started strongly too, supporting James Vincent McMorrow.

Big Ups - Loud, obnoxious, 4 piece punk band from New York City. Big Ups have been a refreshing early discovery of 2014. Debut LP 'Eighteen Hours Of Static' is 30 minutes of visceral anger and life commentary, and if you like such things it's highly recommended!

Monday, 20 January 2014


Music Liberation is one again proud and privileged to be supporting this years Emerging Talent Competition at the Glastonbury Festival 2014. You can find all the information below, but the important part is that you only have 1 week to enter from today, so if you're artist or you know someone who is then get involved quick!

To give you an idea here are the 3 acts we chose to progress to the next stage of the competition last year...


Glastonbury Festival is delighted to announce details of the 2014 EMERGING TALENT COMPETITION, which will give new, unsigned artists from the UK and Ireland the chance to compete for a slot on one of the main stages at this year's festival. Entrants from any musical genre can follow in the footsteps of previous ETC entrants, who include Stornoway, Scouting For Girls, Treetop Flyers, the Golden Silvers, Ellen and the Escapades, the Subways and, last year, Bridie Jackson and the Arbour (who ended up playing five sets at Glastonbury 2013).

For the 2014 competition, acts will be able to enter FOR ONE WEEK ONLY from Monday 20th – Monday 27th January 2014 via the official Glastonbury Festival website, Entries for Glastonbury Festival's ETC2014 will be FREE (ETC rules and conditions apply).

Once the entries are in, a panel of around 40 of the UK's top online music writers will help compile a longlist of 120 acts. The longlist will then be whittled down to a shortlist of 8 artists by judges including Glastonbury organisers Michael and Emily Eavis, before a live final showcase in April decides the winning act.

Says Glastonbury co-organiser Emily Eavis: "We get very excited about new music, and the Emerging Talent Competition is just a brilliant way for us to discover fresh talent. Our stage bookers come down to the live finals, and dozens of the acts who've entered over the years have been given a slot at the Festival. We can't wait to see what this year's competition brings!"

For more information about ETC2014, please head to

Monday, 13 January 2014


Remember when you first heard James Blake's 'Limit To Your Love', or Foals 'Spanish Sahara', or even Lana Del Rey's 'Video Games'? Well prepare to experience that lovely warm exciting feeling all over again with Låpsley's 'Station'. 

Låpsley is Holly Lapsley Fletcher, a 17 year old from Liverpool, who describes herself as creating music that is Electronic, Ambient, and Acoustic.

Låpsley recently unveiled the video to 'Station' which has been put together by Mike Brits. The song itself is beautifully arranged, with a sparse electronic beat over which are Låpsley's delicate vocals (the male sounding vocals are actually Låpsley herself as she explains on her soundcloud - "dropped the pitch of vocals, no co-vocalist, aint nobody got tym fo dat").

This young lady is seemingly very talented, certainly one to keep an eye on this year! // Låpsley


Friday, 3 January 2014


UK Blog Sound Of 2014 Winners - Banks and Marika Hackman

The results of the UK Blog Sound Of 2014 are in, and this year there are joint winners, Banks, and Marika Hackman (one of Music Liberation's favs no less!). Third place was singer songwriter Sivu. The original shortlist of 16 can be found here.

The UK Blog Sound of 2014 is a poll of 59 UK based music bloggers. It asked them to each vote for their three favourite emerging artists. This is the third year the poll has taken place and for the first time two artists have tied for equal first place, each receiving an identical number of votes.

Marika Hackman is a British solo musician who writes haunting and captivating songs that feature her ethereal vocals and instrumentation that that has been pigeonholed as folk but often offers much more. She was the 8th most blogged artist by UK based Hype Machine listed bloggers in 2013.

Banks is an American musician who makes sultry modern sounding electronic R & B influenced pop. She was the 9th most blogged artist by UK based Hype Machine listed bloggers in 2013.

The blogs that took part in the voting were: