|Flying the flag|
I write this sitting in Edinburgh airport waiting for my flight back to London and as always when I travel, I have my headphones jammed in (I have a pair of Seinhheisers that block out everything). Not that I'm trying to be about social, but travelling (whether it be by plane or more frequently the bus) is really the only time I get to properly listen to music, album by album, cover to cover.
I like a really broad range of genres but what's most exciting for me right now is not the giant EDM hype machine but British pop, it's just heading in such a fantastic and original direction. Just look at the TOP 40. You've got Disclosure, Emeli Sande and Ben Howard all around the top ten; even the new Robbie Williams single was pretty good; as was the Brits this year, awarding properly gifted artists (lets forgot that year when JLS seemed to win everything).
But the best thing about British pop is that some really unique sounds are coming through. The bedroom producers who have spent years locked away have finally come out as it were. Musicians such as SUBTRKT, AlunaGeorge and Jessie Ware are all either really talented and exceptionally skilled producers or have some backing them. Ellie Goulding has gone this way too, experimenting more with electronic sounds. That said Mumford and Sons are doing remarkably well worldwide and so they should. Dizzee Rascal's new track Bassline Junkie too is one of the more fun singles out there, well worth a check and much better then that disco track he did a while back.
There are so many great British artists and British music out there right now, absolute quality stuff:
Got a bit obsessed with this after seeing her on Graham Norton.