iSing takes a look at music from The Moods, Hannah Scott and They Call Me Max.
This ten-piece collective of poets and musicians from the North West have just released their summer anthem Carnival, a contagious fusion of brass, calypso beats and bold lyrics featuring Jamaican artist Tixxy Bang. The Moods, who formed in Manchester in 2014, mix rap, drum and bass, reggae, hip-hop and EDM. They pride themselves on creating music that will make you dance and think and have won praise for their energetic live performances. Check them out on the festival circuit this summer.
Hannah Scott is a true Italophile; she spent a seminal year in her late teens living in rural Tuscany, an experience from which she still draws musical inspiration. Her latest album, Pieces of the Night, combines organic, live elements with electronica. It is the result of a collaboration with her Italian creative partner Stefano Della and was produced in London and Italy. Scott has enjoyed support from Bob Harris and Dermot O’Leary on BBC Radio 2 and opened for artists including Seth Lakeman and 10cc. Here’s her new single No Gravity.
They Call Me Max
This innovative independent London-based artist combines beautiful piano compositions with dark, lyrical narratives and hip-hop beats. His latest track Snake-Tooth Marrow, off the EP Start Small, is genre-bending stuff, sitting somewhere between jazz, classical and spoken word poetry. A former choirboy who grew up listening to jazz and Buddhist chanting (his mother is Thai), Max later got into rap and electronic production and is definitely following his own musical path. You can follow him on Facebook