2016 has been a crazy year for BORN MUSIC, so don’t feel bad if you’ve been struggling to keep up with the best new music that has been passing through our pages as of late. What better way to stay on the ball then, but to get our editor SEAN WARD to give us a monthly lowdown on the tracks he’s most excited about, the bands that have whet his appetite, and all the shenanigans that he gets up to in London? Here’s our first edition: do tell us what you think…

IYA and Happy November to one and all, the month where everybody is waiting to crack open the mulled wine and get started on their advent calendar. For those who don’t know, I’ve recently relocated from our lovely Midlands base to London to join Warner Records in their digital/marketing team.

While I’ve been settling into my new surroundings, trying not to fall out of tube cars, being overcharged at Christmas markets and dealing with cougars in G-A-Y I’ve been able to enjoy a tonne of great live music. November began with a huge explosion of sound and stature from Norwegian synth pop juggernauts Highasakite as they flew through their latest LP Camp Echo with expert proficiency.

Elsewhere How To Dress Well stormed the Village Underground to a cult following as he translated his genre frolicking sounds in a tight operation with the perfect amount of boyish charm adding new dimensions to his recorded work. You can read a full review of the evening here.

The BBC Sound of Poll has recently been published, I’m pleased to see artists we have championed including The Japanese House, Declan McKenna, Raye and The Amazons all mentioned on the prestigious list. Although the longlist is exciting and diverse, it would be great to see the BBC look further than the major label newest signings towards bands such as Fairchild, LEISURE and Haux all of whom are doing intensely exciting things largely independently.

Coming in my ears this month has been the faultless debut from Palace, So Long Forever which makes good on the promise of ‘Break The Silence’ and ‘It’s Over’ while added luxurious string rock layers in the form of ‘Family’ and ‘Fire in the Sky’. Meanwhile Alpines followed up their composed debut with the equally sophisticated Another River melding Jessie Ware vocals with minimalistic soundscapes. I had to miss the launch in Hackney’s Moth Club due to a pulled groin (stop it) but it was a masterful show by all accounts and I’d highly recommend checking this pair out.

These are my stand out singles of the month that I wholeheartedly endorse:

For December I’ll be seeing Mahalia, Shura, Frightened Rabbit, The 1975, The Japanese House and Marika Hackman, I would recommend you try do the same. Catch you soon huns.

Yours forever,

Sean xo