Every year since the blog’s inception in November or December we publish a list of 10 or 15 Ones To Watch for the forthcoming year, often going before all the main polls such as the BBC Sound of List, or even the Blog Sound of poll that we help run. Looking back at the ten artists we picked for our 2015, some of them are doing reasonably well. For instance one of our tips, The Shires, scored a UK top ten album with their debut long player, the first British country band to do so. Likewise the likes of Seinabo Sey, Laura Doggett, Låpsley, Ryn Weaver and Rag ‘N’ Bone Man have all been picking up fans as more people get to hear their unique talents, the question now being for them all, can they deliver an album that hits the right spot?
One of the other acts we placed on the list of 10 was Alex Kotz, also known as Elderbrook. However, since posting on his Facebook in February that a new EP was coming, there’s been very little sign of activity; until now, with a 'new' song called Going which is actually one of his older tunes reworked. This is a piece of music that does maximum / minimum production very well. It finds space in between the sounds, despite there being lots of really interesting things going on. There’s the heavy late night bass, the skittering beats that crackle to life and then disappear like a firework, the snatches of cut n paste guitar, the vocal harmonies, and a guest appearance from rapper Kweku Collins. It’s a track with a languid, spliffy groove, although there’s nothing lazy about the song’s construction at all. Dance music that’s awkward and engaging? You’ve got it right here.
Elderbrook will release his second EP Travel Slow via Black Butter Records soon. Going is available as a free download from this link.
Elderbrook - Going ft Kweku Collins