Hi, I’m Matthew, Music Supervisor at the London office of PlayNetwork. The start of 2021 was all doom and gloom, but as lockdown gently lifts here in the UK and spring approaches, a flood of emerging artists float to the surface, ready to soundtrack the summer of 2021.
Artist: Pauli The PSM
Track: I Got The Beat
Pauli The PSM is known for lending his talent and know-how to the likes of FKA twigs, Jamie xx, Sampha, Damon Albarn and Gorillaz as both a drummer and music director. “I Got The Beat” is a raw and compelling track with a vibrancy that captivates the listener. His voice has an infectious grace as he layers chaotic noises over a sparse rhythmic pattern. There are subtle nods to black masculinity and social identity in his lyrics that are further explored in the video.
Artist: Maple Glider
Maple Glider is the brainchild of Melbourne-based Tori Zietsch. To Enjoy Is The Only Thing is set for release in June on Partisan Records. Her songs are described as a set of vignettes from her life. “Swimming” is a weary break-up song that offers a perfect introduction to her angelic voice. Her ethereal sound effortlessly leans into a warm melody like a comforting blanket on a cold night.
Artist: Little Simz
This track and video had to be added but needs no review.