Bristol Radio: Explore new music from emerging local artists on SpotifyPosted on: 02 Apr 2021
Discover new(ish) releases in our latest Spotify playlist update.
Home listening has become the norm during the coronavirus crisis, with venues forced to remain closed for over a year and artists restricted to live stream performances until crowds are permitted to return.
The pandemic has taken a huge toll on the music industry, but four months into the new year, things appear to be looking up with the potential return of live events in June.
Cautious optimism aside, however, for the time being at least, the only way we can enjoy Bristol's weird and wonderful music scene is still within the confines of our own homes.
Thankfully, artists based across the city have been hard at work in the studio over the past year, maintaining a steady stream of big releases to keep the flame alive and build anticipation for an eventual return to the stage.
In our first Bristol Radio playlist update of 2021 (slack, we know), we're spanning jazz, pop, techno and more across nine top-notch tracks released over the past few weeks.
Mercy's Cartel returns with 'Criminal', the first-ever track to be executive-produced by the artist herself, while Elder Island continue to tease their eagerly-awaited second album with 'Sacred' and Henry Green soothes with a dreamy cover of Sade's 'The Sweetest Taboo'.
IDLES' first new release since their Number One album Ultra Mono sees the band cover Sharon Van Etten's 'Peace Signs', while Bristol-based collective Dundundun become the latest act to release on Worm Disco Club's renowned label, Worm Discs.
We were also excited to hear the latest link-up between Sir Hiss and Emz, as well as Slagheap's uncompromising new single 'Caffiene', and a first-ever release from emerging artist and BIMM student, Sarah O'Moore
Elsewhere on the playlist, expect smooth grooves from Tamu Massif, Cousin Kula and Farebrother, soulful acoustics courtesy of Maya Law, Robi Mitch and Lady Nade, and no-nonsense tracks from Heavy Lungs, Leeches and Football FC.
Electronic music fans can also find innovative underground sounds from some of Bristol's best-loved DJs and producers, including Shanti Celeste, Batu and Peverelist.
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