Happy New Year from all of us at Brighter Sound! This month’s Spotify playlist is a sneak peek forward to 2017 and some of the artists that we hope to bring to you this year.

Keep your eyes peeled for some of our forthcoming announcements, with opportunities to explore music with these incredible musicians through our emerging artists programme, and through our projects for children and young people.

Together these artists represent experience, the new, innovation, courage, emerging national careers and established international reputations, as well as genres spanning electronica, soul, reggae, folk, prog-pop, jazz, hip hop, rock …and James Brown.

They’re inspiring us in the office as we start the new year – hope you enjoy them!


“(I Keep Thinking About A New Thing)” – Field Music

We first welcomed the Brewis brothers to Brighter Sound back in 2015 when they held a songwriting masterclass as part of Sing City. This track comes from the album Plumb, for which Field Music were nominated for a Mercury Prize in 2012.

“This Is How A Garden Grows” — ESKA

ESKA’s debut album was also nominated for a Mercury Prize in 2015. “This Is How A Garden Grows” demonstrates exactly why this exciting artist is attracting such attention.

“Hard To See Her Soul” — Family Ranks

We had the pleasure of commissioning Family Ranks as part of the Robot Orchestra last year and since then we can’t quite get enough of the seven-piece’s genre spanning tunes.

“Pins” — Natalie McCool

Natalie McCool has been a rising star for some time and was play-listed on Radio 1 at the end of 2016, adding to her momentum. Her second album The Great Unknown, “Pins” in particular, is a reminder to the world what a formidable force she is in the world of alternative pop.

“Our Loving Cage” — Elizabeth Vince

Elizabeth Vince, or Ova, is best known for her atmospheric electronic music. We’ve worked with her on numerous projects including I Live Hip Hop and Here Come The Grrrls, and she’ll be back in Spring as part of a new weekly lab for young producers, MCs and vocalists.

“Deep Roots” — Nucleus Roots

Nucleus Roots are a Manchester based reggae band, formed over 20-years ago, they’re widely seen as experts in the field of reggae and dub. “Deep Roots” is a great example of their work.

“You Just Want” — King Creosote

Another Mercury Prize nominee, Fife native King Creosote has released over 60 albums during his musical career and shows no sign of waning with his latest 2016 release, Astronaut Meets Appleman.

“Buried My Husband” — Honeyfeet

Describing themselves as a “folk-hop band”, it’s hard to argue with Honeyfeet as you listen to the funky “Buried My Husband”. Love it!

“The Source” — Chris Potter

Chicago jazz legend, Chris Potter, described by the Detroit Free Press as “…easily the most compelling saxophonist of his generation” is set to lead the second Jazz Directors Series in April with the Inner City Ensemble at Band on the Wall.

“Cold Sweat Part 1 & 2” — James Brown

No we did not, unfortunately, work with James Brown, but we’ve included both parts of “Cold Sweat” because his legendary bandleader Pee Wee Ellis both wrote the track and played the sax parts.