For this week’s magazine we interviewed Jessie Ware, who might be this country’s next pop megastar. Raised in Clapham, a long-term Brixton resident and currently loving life near Brockwell Park, she’s south London through and through. But she’s not the only smooth operator from an S postcode on today’s music scene. Here are four more rising artists from the part of the city that cab drivers hate and everybody else is finally learning to love.
As well as some top pigtails, Diane Adu-Gyamfi (aka Moko) also has a powerful set of lungs that Chase & Status drafted in for their Top Ten hit ‘Count on Me’. Her ace solo stuff dips into R&B, D&B, trip hop and classic house. So: great hair, even better tunes.
Mining the ’80s for his sophisticated synth-funk, Dornik was Jessie Ware’s drummer until her label PMR signed him up to record some slinky tracks of his own. The velvety, Michael Jackson-esque ‘On My Mind’ came out just a fortnight ago, and sounds like both the past and the future. Wanna be startin’ somethin’? Get on Dornik fast.
Born in Lewisham and still only 19, Uzoechi Emenike slammed into the charts this year as the voice of Gorgon City’s house-pop banger ‘Ready for Your Love’. As well as being a silky singer he’s also a songwriter and producer for Kylie, The Saturdays and Duke Dumont. And you thought all London teenagers were a bit feckless, eh?
This blissed-out crew studied music together at Pimlico College, where they were taught by Jessie Ware’s producer Dave Okumu. Their supremely chill R&B tunes have won them comparisons to The XX, but they’ve also done their jazz and trip hop homework. Top marks.
Like what you hear? Discover more great new south London artists here.
Jessie Ware performs at the iTunes Festival on Thursday September 18.