Edith Bowman gives me her top music tips for 2011

Posted by Dean Piper On January 9th, 2011

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I don’t want to just throw a load of names at you when it comes to new music – so I asked the gorgeous Edith Bowman from Radio One to do the honours.

I couldn’t agree more with her top picks – and listen to the lady herself on the BBC Radio One weekend breakfast between 7-10am every Saturday and Sunday.

James Blake
James Blake is someone who will be on everyone’s radar next year.  His cover version of Feists Limit to Your Love really stopped people in their tracks at the end of 2010. His mix of haunting vocals with great beats show off his production skills along with his classical training. No specific date on his debut album but due sometime early 2011 in the meantime listen to CMYK

Miles Kane
You might know Miles from his Rascals days or one half of The Last Shadow Puppets along with Arctic Monkey Alex Turner, but he is out in force nowadays as a solo artist. He released the first single Inhaler back in November and I listen to it at least once a day. The debut solo album is due April 2011 and when you have a guest guitarist by the name of Noel Gallagher playing on your record, you know you are in pretty good company.

SHE IS BACK. There’s no one quite like Adele and it seems way to long since we last heard from her.  New album 21 is due end of January and I’ve been playing Rolling In the Deep, the first single from the album on the radio show loads. What a voice, what a talent and what a girl. Welcome back, love.

The Joy Formidable
A band who deserve attention and who are just incredible live. They release their second full length album The Big Roar on January 24th and have already built up a great fan base. They will dominate the festival circuit this year.

A girlband that have taken a good few years to get their line-up in order but it seems that finally they have what they need to have a crack at it. The debut album came out towards the end of last year and it’s haunting and melodic with great stories. Just really exciting to have a girlband who can write their own songs and rock it. I can’t wait to see them live.


You might have heard his vocals on the last Gorillaz track Doncamatic.  I saw him sing live with them at London’s O2 just before Christmas and that cemented his place on my ‘one to watch’ list.  When Damon Albarn says you have “one of those voices that doesn’t come around very often” it’s worth paying attention to.

When a band site Pavement and Teenage Fanclub as influences then I am gong to sit up and pay attention. Love what I have heard so far and very excited about their debut album in 2011.

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