So far, 2010 has thrown up somewhere in the region of fuck all decent male pop vocalists, but New York solo warbler Samuel has a set of pipes that are hard to ignore. At the time of writing his MySpace only contains two covers (of The Temper Trap’s ‘Fader’, and Ellie Goulding’s ‘Starry Eyed’) but there’s more out there for keen Googlers and big stuff is just around the corner with a full album release via Columbia later this summer.
Big things are also on the way for Samuel’s production team The Knocks, who have a single called ‘Make It Better’ out via Neon Gold in August. It is a rather magical modern disco number.
London’s Archeo Price has been teasing with tunes for a little while. He appeared in Radar last summer and seems on the verge of officially Getting On With It in 2010. A few new tunes are doing the rounds, and he’s sounding fresher and more confident than he ever dreamed of.
At the less credible end of the spectrum Lady Gaga’s producer RedOne has invented a girl band in his native Sweden. They’re called Love Generation and they have a song titled ‘Love Generation’ which is epically carefree.
Also in Sweden, but sporting rather fewer primary colours, Sophia Somajo is gearing up to release what promises to be a quite incredible second album. New single ‘Chinese Tekkno’ is a cracking introduction.
Back in the UK, romantic yacht rock duo The Royal Palms are hard to resist, their tunes boasting all the laid-back, cocktail-fuelled sentimentality of the perfect holiday romance. It’s also well worth keeping an eye on London-based singer Ruby Goe. ‘Built This House’ is a fantastically demented ode to a tits-up relationship while ‘Ghost’ and ‘Sirens’ showcase an impressive versatility from this star in the making.