British Invasion: Check Out Jamie T, Hot Chip & Bat For Lashes
Joss Stone's early 2007 release, Introducing Joss Stone, was the highest debut for a female act from the United Kingdom. And with Amy Winehouse racking up Grammy nominations and tabloid coverage that out-Britneys even Britney, the newest incarnation of the British Invasion looks a heck out a lot different than the Beatles or even Oasis a mere 10 years ago.
The Skinny: In his cockney Brit accent, this 21-year-old Briton songwriter Jamie T (nee: Jamie Treays) kicks off his critically lauded debut "Panic Prevention" with scruffy licks and snippy oui-s worthy of the Sex Pistols. He's received comparisons to the Arctic Monkeys for his stream-of-consciousness lyrics and to garage rapper The Streets for his urban slang.
Pop Math: Public Ltd. - the anti-commercialism sneering + Mike Skinner X The Dub Trio
Oddest Sample: On the relentlessly catchy chiptune melody of "Shelia," Jamie T. cops a few lines from bookish poet laureate John Betjeman.
The Skinny: On the heels of LCD Soundsystem's critically acclaimed dance-punk masterpiece, Sound of Silver, labelmates Hot Chip crank out engagingly tongue-in-cheek DIY laptop pop with a muscular beat. One London music journalist has already hailed them as "super-cool computer nerds."
Where You've Heard Them: Instrumental forms of "Colours" and "So Glad to See You" were featured in The Sims 2 Glamour Life soundtrack.
Bat for Lashes
The Skinny: Former nursery school teacher Natasha Khan formed this hauntingly poignant titular band with a penchant for gothic undercurrent and trilly melodies. She sounds like a nursery school teacher in need of Prozac.
Pop Math: Bjork X Kate Bush + gold lame headgear
About those Bjork and Kate Bush comparisons: "I guess that in the past it bothered me, Khan said in an interview with Wikinews "But now I just feel really confident and sure that as time goes on my musical style and my writing is taking a pace of its own, and I think in time the music will speak for itself and people will see that I'm obviously doing something different. Those women are fantastic, strong, risk-taking artists."
Story by Joey Hood
Starpulse.com contributing writer
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