TGTF Guide to SXSW 2018: best bets of UK hip-hop and jazz artists showcasing at this year’s SXSW

By on Friday, 2nd March 2018 at 11:00 am
 

As many of you TGTF readers probably know, hip-hop is not our strong suit, and neither is jazz. Instead of shooting pretty much in the dark, I decided to ask a friend of TGTF better versed in these genres to weigh in on the acts who have been given shouts to SXSW 2018. Read below for recommendations from Irish musician Tadhg Byrne of Meltybrains?, Sim Simma and ChoiceCuts fame. Take it away, Tadhg…

AJ Tracey – An absolute don. Worked with him before and his showmanship is top notch. His flow, his delivery and his attitude onstage is brilliant. He’s already on his way to superstardom! [AJ Tracey was given a shout to SXSW last year. You can read Rebecca’s thoughts on him in the London hip-hop and r&b artist preview from the TGTF Guide to SXSW 2017 through here. –Ed]

Big Zuu – Comes from the same MTP crew as AJ, he’s very much cut from the same cloth. Great style, delivery, sense of humour, perspective, all the attributes of a top rapper. He’s less well-known, but could be next to blow up big.

Ezra Collective (pictured at top) – I’ve only heard great things about them, one of the hottest young groups to come out of London. They melt jazz + Afrobeats to create something really fresh and exciting!

IAMDDB – She is amazing, I’ve seen her perform twice already. She’s going to be a big star, one of the best voices in UK soul, jazz and hip-hop. I’d even call her Erykah Badu’s soul child.

Moses Boyd – One of the best drummers ever, such an important musician for the rise of the new jazz scene in England. He blends so many influences into his sound. He is the sound of London. [Moses Boyd appeared in Austin last year. You can read Steven’s thoughts on him in the London jazz, world music and singer/songwriter artists preview from the TGTF Guide to SXSW 2017 through here. –Ed.]

Nadia Rose – Brilliant, cheeky and witty MC. I booked her for The Sugar Club in Dublin, and she gave one of the best shows I’ve ever seen. Reminds me of a younger UK Missy Elliot. Stormzy‘s cousin.

Not3s – Young, new and exciting singer making big strides in the London rap scene. His flow is very similar to J Hus. He’s only starting out, so I expect to see more [of] his own style [to] appear as he grows. [Not3s has been announced as part of the Saturday night Radio 1 / DIT showcase at Latitude 30, the home of the British Music Embassy during SXSW 2018. He is scheduled to perform at 12 midnight on the evening of 17 March. – Ed.]

Nubya Garcia – A brilliant saxophonist who has played with some of London’s best jazz groups as a special guest, as well as releasing her own music, which is incredible. Another true great in UK jazz.

Stefflon Don – One of the sickest rappers you will ever hear. ‘16 Shots’ is my favourite dancehall/rap tune of 2017. She’s got such a powerful presence on stage and her feminine attitude is incredible.

Zara McFarlane – Beautiful singer, with one of the best voices to come out of the UK. She’s a brilliant collaborator!

Please note: all information we bring you about SXSW 2018 is to the best of our knowledge when it posts and artists and bands scheduled to appear may be subject to change. To learn when your favourite artist is playing in Austin, we recommend you first consult the official schedule, then stop by the artist’s Facebook or official Web site for details of any non-official SXSW appearances.

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