Music: You heard it here first

campaignlive.co.uk, Friday, 07 November 2008 12:00AM

Three professionals pick the most exciting new talents that are available for synchronisation.

GARETH SMITH, CHRYSALIS
Head of synchronisation, Chrysalis Music Publishing
Artist: Bon Iver
Track: For Emma
Publisher: Chrysalis Music Publishing
Label: 4AD

Lowdown: Bon Iver (French for "good winter", spelling mistake intentional) recorded his debut album, For Emma, Forever Ago, holed up in a log cabin in his native Wisconsin. Introspective, folky sounding and embellished with squinchy, quirky orchestral touches, it's one of the must have and critically acclaimed albums of 2008.

Web: www.boniver.org

Artist: Monkey; Journey To The West
Track: Heavenly Peach Banquet
Publisher: Chrysalis Music Publishing
Label: XL Recordings

Lowdown: Damon Albarn has the musical Midas touch: Blur, Gorillaz, The Good The Bad and The Queen super group and now Chinese Opera. Created originally as the score of the opera of the same name and with his best mate and long time visual collaborator Jamie Hewlett, Monkey; Journey To The West soundtracks the coming of age of one of the world's ancient cultures.

Web: www.monkeyjourneytothewest.com/the-album

Artist: The Mostar Diving Club
Track: Honey Tree
Publisher: Chrysalis Music Publishing
Label: Unsigned

Lowdown: The Mostar Diving Club is the side project of the indie acoustic genius Damien Katkhuda. Its enchanting melodies, playful lyrics and quirky instrumentation make it one of the most listenable and accessible albums of recent times.

Web: www.myspace.com/themostardivingclub

Artist: Black Ghosts
Track: Anyway You Choose To Give It
Publisher: Chrysalis Music Publishing/Warner Chappell Music
Label: Southern Fried

Lowdown: Black Ghosts is the ex-Wiseguy and all round electronic music wizard Theo Keating and Simian Mobile disco's Simon Lord. Their debut, self-titled album is a dark and haunting, yet instantly catchy, electronic pop album.

Web: www.myspace.com/blackghosts

MELANIE JOHNSON, EMI
Head of sales and promotions, EMI Music Publishing


Artist: Kid British
Track: Elizabeth
Publisher: EMI Music Publishing
Label: Mercury

Lowdown: Mixing the urban rap element of the million-selling act The Streets, the rhythmic simplicity of the million-selling pop princess Kate Nash and the feel good vibes of classic ELO and David Bowie, Kid British is truly an act not to be ignored. As Music Week says: "It's all kicking off a little sooner than expected for Kid British. A Hit Factory ready to go."

Web: www.myspace.com/kidbritishmusic

Artist: Steve Appleton
Track: Dirty Funk
Publisher: EMI Music Publishing
Label: RCA

Lowdown: Taking inspiration from classic pop, drum and bass, reggae and funk, Steve Appleton crosses genres to create a sound that is totally distinctive, fresh and original. Not content with writing and producing the whole album, our Steve plays every single instrument on it too. Clever boy.

Web: www.steveappletonmusic.com

Artist: VV Brown
Track: Crying Blood
Publisher: EMI Music Publishing
Label: Island Records

Lowdown: VV Brown makes music that sounds like performance: dramatic, charismatic and, frequently, as mad as a box of frogs. This is high-definition, high-concept pop with scuffed edges and laddered tights. Or "musical mashed potatoes", as the lady herself prefers to calls it.

Web: www.vvbrown.com

Artist: Iglu & Hartly
Track: Violent And Young
Publisher: EMI Music Publishing
Label: Mercury

Lowdown: Musically recalling the likes of Hall & Oates, Prince and Eminem, Iglu & Hartly are pure white boy soul with dashes of yacht rock and a smattering of LA sun-soaked pop. A genre-blending, culture-defying laser show of synths, raps, explosive bridges and inspirations.

Web: www.igluandhartly.com

MARC ROBINSON, UNIVERSAL
Director of film, TV and advertising, Universal Music
Artist: Frankmusik
Track: Three Little Words
Publisher: EMI Music Publishing
Label: Island Records

Lowdown: The 22-year-old Frankmusik creates unique and remarkable blade runner pop. He is in the studio working on his debut album (to be released early '09) with Stuart Price (Madonna/The Killers/Keane). Incredibly good looking and infuriatingly talented. A massive new star for 2009.

Web: www.theheathsofthornton.co.uk, www.myspace.com/frankmusik

Artist: Skint and Demoralised
Track: The Thrill of Thirty Seconds
Publisher: N/A
Label: Mercury Records

Lowdown: Skint and Demoralised: a poet from Wakefield (Matt Abbott) and a songwriter/producer from Sheffield (MiniDog). Abbott (19) draws heartfelt inspiration from lyrical heavyweights Bowie, Mike Skinner, Eminem and Squeeze. Their debut album, Love And Other Catastrophes, is a rush of Johnny Marr guitar riffs and drive-time-friendly harmonies. With killer choruses, this is one of the sun-dappled pop albums of the year.

Web: www.skintanddemoralised.co.uk

Artist: Josephine Oniyama
Track: Closer
Publisher: N/A
Label: Island Records

Lowdown: Josephine has been writing music since she was eight years old. Her rich musical heritage owes as much to growing up in Manchester as it does to the fact that she spent the majority of the 80s exploring her mother's immense vinyl collection, listening to Fela Kuti, Johnny Cash and just about everything in between. Josephine's diverse influences are abundantly clear in her infectious forthcoming In The Labyrinth EP.

Web: www.myspace.com/josephineoniyama

Artist: White Lies
Track: Death
Publisher: Chrysalis Music Publishing
Label: Fiction

Lowdown: After starring on NME's New Noise Tour earlier this year, White Lies are currently out on their first UK headline tour, after a summer of amazingly well-received festival slots at Latitude, T In The Park, Reading, Leeds, Fuji Rock and Lollapalooza. The excitement felt by everyone at the label has been matched by the critics' feeding frenzy. They really are something pretty special.

Web: www.whitelies.com, www.myspace.com/whitelies.

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