Earlier in the year, NME helped to announce Berwick Street Calling, a new competition that aimed to discover new artists and give one winner the chance to have their single pressed onto vinyl for free.
With hundreds of acts entering, we can now reveal the ten shortlisted finalists – each of whom will go up against each other in a public vote to determine the overall winner.
As well as having their single pressed onto 1,000 copies of vinyl, the winning act will also get to work with renowned producer Danton Supple (Ian Brown, Coldplay and Morrissey) in a local Soho studio to record the track.
The initial judges for Berwick Street Calling included NME’s New Music Editor Matt Wilkinson, Primal Scream bassist Simone Butler, House of St Barnabas Music Director Sav Remzi and Phil Barton from Sister Ray record store.
Listen to the ten shortlisted acts below now, and cast your vote at Berwickstreetlondon.co.uk.
Here’s some info about each of the shortlisted acts:
Safe To Swim – Forget Life. Repeat.
Brighton-based ‘Heavy Pop’ four-piece band Safe To Swim combine 90s grunge and indie, with added pop sheen.
Cold Boys – You Used To Be Alright
Cold Boys are a lo-fi fourpiece from Deptford. Intricate riffs intertwine with soft, melodic vocals on this song.
The Durty Wurks – One Day
The fivepiece psych act from Edinburgh recall Brian Jonestown Massacre at their most dreamy.
Attraktors – Maximum Minimum
Attraktors are a three-piece band hailing from Nottingham with Krautrock vibes.
Berries – Waiting
Biffy Clyro and Red Hot Chilli Peppers seem to be big influences on Londoners Berries.
Blank Parody – Dark Pretenders
Formed by stepbrothers Liam and Connor, Blank Parody teamed up with their school friends Joby and Freddie to make music they say is inspired by Misfits, Muse and Smashing Pumpkins.
Dear Life, – Girl
This tune by Dear Life, (comma intended) is a dynamic mix of trip-hop, avant-pop and indie.
Photograms – Closed Life
Brighton indie kids Photograms make jaunty, off-kilter guitar pop.
Navina – Time
Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Navina started playing the piano as a child, but fostered the love for playing the guitar aged 14. From Cambridge, her track ‘Time’ is a subtle mix of pop and folk.
MØSS – Pale Seas
This fivepiece have elements of Peace and Tame Impala in their music.