New Music – Beginners, Marcus Damascus, Jude
This week’s new music parade checks in on acts from Los Angeles, Dublin and Florida
“Who Knows” is a song designed to turn heads. It will get folks curious about Los Angeles vocalist Samantha Barbera (also of Holy Fever) and producer Nick Ruth (who has worked with Active Child and others). From their debut EP, “Who Knows” is an earworm with an edge, a smart, dark-hearted electropop nugget.
If there are more tunes where the superbly worked “In & Out” came from, we’d advise you jump on the Marcus Damascus bandwagon ASAP. South African-born and Dublin-based, Elai Kamanga’s modern, slick, assured sound and rhymes are a cut above. Catch him at the Twisted Pepper on April 25
Florida-based girl/boy duo Sydney Morris and Kevin James Neal have it going on with the swirling, skywards-bound “Crystals”, a track which hits all the right notes. In pop maths terms, it’s Lorde plus The xx and we know that adds up to a hit.