2016 saw a massive change in music for everyone around the world with certain genres exploding into something great and others not doing so well.
Last year we saw the Grime genre become the most noticeable and influential genre for the urban and hip-hop world of today. With original Grime beats along with Trap and Drum and Bass being extremely influential overseas – specifically in America.
Noticeable collaborations were with Santandave with Drake with ‘Wanna Know’ (Which I personally think isn’t as good as the original, but oh well) and artists such as Skepta and AJ Tracey collaborating with the A$AP Mob.
Along with the music of 2016, we had passings of music legends such as David Bowie and George Michael who have evidently influenced today’s music heavily through many different aspects.
The real question is – can 2017 be as successful for the UK music scene as it was in 2016?
Firstly, Ed Sheeran, the 25 year old behind two world known albums ‘Plus’ and ‘Multiply’ (where both albums have managed to be sold over two million times each) has recently released two new singles which will be a part of his new album ‘Divide’ which will be released in March. The two new songs ‘Castle on the Hill’ and ‘Shape of You’ are the classic kind of feel good music from the musician, expressing the reminiscence of his childhood and his love life. Both of the tracks are evidently suited for chart music, expressing the feel good factor of pure British music to get everyone excited.
Both songs in my opinion aren’t the best from the young fella but they both manage to spark some form of excitement for the full album – which I have already pre-ordered. I’m sure the album will be a huge success, although Ed Sheeran definitely has some big shoes to fill if he is to keep up with his ridiculously high standard of music.
Now, who else to look out for this year – as I have mentioned there is a huge buzz around the grime industry at the minute, so keep your eyes peeled for Dave and AJ Tracey. They are both touring this year but you can still definitely expect some freestyles and tracks to be released later in the year to keep the ball rolling.
Another lad to look out for is Shakka, this lad is one of the men behind Wretch 32’s ‘Blackout’. Shakka comes from West London, Notting Hill originating from a Caribbean family. He uses his heritage to his advantage too with his extremely distinctive sound that he definitely uses well and with a lot of confidence. Much of Shakka’s music expresses his life on a very personal level, similar to the way Kano does in his ‘Made in the Manor’ album, which obviously went down a treat.
The musician is also a great director and innovator with very well produced music videos that break away from the norm of UK Urban music. Keep your ears open too for the beat boxed beats and harmonies that he produces himself.
Moving away from the Urban genre now, a band to look out for this year is the alternative three piece band Fatherson, from Scotland. The 3 lads have been making extreme movements around Scotland over the last few years and now they’re finally branching out to bigger gigs south of their border. Releasing their second album last year ‘Open Book’ was a real game-changer of the trio, where this album is available in HMV in hard copies. Expect to see a lot from these boys over this year, especially around festival season where I’m sure they will be making a few appearances at all the major festivals. They’re a must listen to if you haven’t already had a go.
So, 2017 is definitely a year we should all be excited about from a music perspective. The UK is becoming more and more influential year upon year for the music industry . And we should be extra excited for the music that will be coming this year. 2017 is a big one – so keep your ears pealed.