Thu 22 Jul

FUTURE BUBBLERS - HOW FAR WE'VE COME: Y5S GO LIVE

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Showcases for artists on the Gilles Peterson-backed mentorship programme Run in collaboration with Arts Council England and the PRS Foundation Future Bubblers supports unsigned artists to develop their music and navigate the music industry

The Future Bubblers showcases are fast becoming an annual tradition. It's a chance to see live shows and DJ sets from a selection of new artists tipped as ones to watch by Gilles Peterson. This year we have nine acts on each night representing the year 5 & 6 of Peterson's Future Bubblers mentorship programme. The artists are drawn from across England, and the music they make is just as diverse, ranging from live-rendered, atmospheric electronics to dubby hip-hop sound storms. This year we have two showcases due to the pandemic affecting last year's show, this is a unique opportunity to see all of them playing together.

Choosing focus cities outside of London for each year of the programme, it's part of a goal to nurture talent outside of the UK capital. Partnering with like minded organisations in each city, it's a means of encouraging audiences for independent music. Previous years have seen acts like Snowy, a respected Nottingham-based grime MC who's worked with the likes of Logan Sama; Skinny Pelembe who signed to Peterson's Brownswood label, Y4 Bubbler Forest Law who is currently signed to Brownswood, and Yazmin Lacey, who signed to First Word, recently profiled as part of an Observer feature on the UK's new jazz scene.

Check out the highlights from the last showcase here.

Year 5 Ama / Mizu

Born in Nice and based in London, Ama//Mizu is a producer and multi-instrumentalist. Inspired by both electronic music and folk, his compositions combine escapist rhythms with vivid narratives. He sees his music as a feeling: a moment of uncertainty, poised between reflective poise and hyperactive energy.

Madi Saskia

A singer-songwriter raised in Birmingham and based in the West Midlands, Madi Saskia creates music intended to heal. Her modern soul music is defined by her distinctive vocals. Her path to music started with a music mentorship programme in school, where her dream of being a history teacher was soon abandoned in favour of music. Ever since then, it's been all about the music, her output shaped by her early creative beginnings writing poetry, a nostalgic frame of mind, and an honest approach to creativity.

Griz-O

Griz-O is an MC defined by his bold and direct approach. Based in the UK's South West, he totes lyrics and artwork that nod to martial arts; he has the combative, tough-talking braggadocio to match, delivered through smart, head-turning bars. Embracing an experimental, grizzly sound, influenced by grime and UK rap, his career thus far has already seen him travel as far afield as Kazakhstan to play a headline show.

Mark Cake

An ambitious, wide-ranging producer and multi-instrumentalist, Mark Cake has a deft touch for creating thoughtful musical projects. He's worked with a huge variety of artists, through his project to create an extensive series of one-off collaborations, each of them accompanied by a video created in tandem with the artist.

Tonyspark

Tonyspark is a self-taught musician who wants to expand horizons. A singer, songwriter, rapper, producer and multi-instrumentalist, he's not bound by genre markers when sketching out his creations. Raised in London and based in Nottingham, his style is blissful and sultry, his tracks' atmospheres grounded in the synths and bass which are his mainstays.

NeOne The Wonderer

Born and raised in Wolverhampton, MC and producer NeOne makes tracks that are a journey. Influenced by comic books - and specifically, Neil Gaiman's Sandman world - he channels a sense of myth into the narratives he constructs, creating tracks that are thought-provoking, often starting in a dark place and ending up somewhere different.

Damos Room

A three piece whose music combines bleak, soupy soundscapes with rhythmically arranged musings, Damos Room are a dubby sound storm of hip-hop with the occasional yearning falsetto. Made up of Rex Domino, Pondoo & Polar Kid, their tracks embrace apathy and the abyss, going down obscure creative avenues to see what they might find.

Shakira Alleyne

A vocalist, songwriter and musician, born and raised in London, Shakira Alleyne creates music that's atmospheric and honest. Guided by an experimental ethos, she explores big themes through her music: questions of human existence, interaction and identity are recurring subjects she muses on, framed through her background in considering philosophy and exploring the English language.

Ella Knight

Hailing from Nottingham, singer- songwriter and composer Ella Knight is a versatile artist whose sound is grounded in alt-R&B, neo-soul and jazz. As comfortable laying down vocals on drum & bass tracks as on jazz, soul or hip-hop, she has already carved out an oeuvre that's as accomplished as it is multi-faceted. Growing up around musicians and producers in the East Midlands, she continues to stay involved with and influenced by a variety of Midlands based music projects.

Presented by The Jazz Cafe & Future Bubblers.

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