April 12, 2015


I Had No Idea Who These Coachella Artists Were

Kelly Elaine Photo for Fuse
Kelly Elaine Photo for Fuse

Full disclosure: I probably should have known about a couple of these melody makers long before this weekend. But hey, it was just the other day that I was chatting with a buddy of mine who fancies himself a fan of fine art, and he had no idea who Basquiat was. There's holes in everyone's mental enyclo(wiki?)pedias, right?

So in preparation for appearances by a slew of artists slated to pass through the Fuse House in Coachella Valley, I expected to learn a thing or two about the current state of sonic storytelling in 2015. What I got was, thankfully, even more impactful than a minor update on the state of the industry.

#1Jess Glynne

Big Beat Records has been priming the world's ears for this UK siren via quietly released remixes and singles over the past year, roughly. Somewhere along the way, the machine connected her with the production wiz kids, Clean Bandit, but no one could've anticipated the sessions yielding such an absolute smash. 

I'd caught "Rather Be" floating out of retailer's speakers around NYC, but it wasn't until this weekend that I really discovered Jess. "Hold My Hand" might be a little bit more power pop-leaning than what I typically go for, but it also serves as a perfect exhibition of Glynne's soaring vocal ability. 

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