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New Music – Seramic, James Chatburn, Low Cut High Tops

New music to get excited about from London, Sydney/Berlin and Seattle

Low Cut High Tops' David Burns

Thu, Feb 11, 2016, 16:49


Every week, we highlight a couple of new acts from around the globe who’ve caught our attention. Please feel free to share tips below or check out all past New Music selections here.


Over the last few weeks, “People Say” from mysterious London dude (we’re guessing about the geography and gender here) Seramic has been building up a head of steam. It’s a lovely slice of gospel-influenced old-fashioned electro-soul with a strong male vocal making merry on top of some stirring bass and heartache electronics. It’s getting a lot of love from DJs like Huw Stephens, Annie Mac, Lauren Laverne and Phil Taggart and there are live appearances in the diary at the Liverpool International Music Festival, Lost Village and Live at Leeds so the plot is developing. As tipped by recent interviewee Jack Garratt.

James Chatburn

More soulful male vocals to the fore here, James Chatburn is a Sydney native and currently Berlin-based singer-songwriter and producer who has been making waves with some smart, soft-shelled tunes like “Creator” below. Chatburn has a great sense of what makes a new-school soul groove cast a spell and his work on this track with fellow Aussie travelling musician Jordan Rakei has paid off in spades. More to come from this rising star in the coming months.

Low Cut High Tops

Some of you are going to love this rattle from Seattle dude David Burns. His new collection of tunes “Eh, Whatever” is a blast, 10 infectious tracks of prime-time grungey, gritty, gooey power-pop with a likeable snarl and a sneer to the tone and timbre. Art school dropout Burns claims he never sung or playing the guitar before recording the album so he’s proved to be a very quick learner as album highlights “Red Lipstick” and “Let’s Pretend That We’re Married” show.