Team FoV - Top music picks of 2017

Scroll down to hear our Spotify playlist and see what top music picks we've had on repeat in 2017... 

Travelling between Bristol and Cardiff has become a regular thing now I commute on the train to the Festival of Voice office most days. To pass the time every morning and evening I dedicate my journey to discovering new releases, listening to radio shows and delving deeper into Spotify and various music blogs to find the latest new sounds... something I absolutely love to do.

On my quest to find new music, I’ve happened across some gems I’d like to share. Here are just some of the things I’ve been playing loud in my headphones this autumn/winter...


Naomi Jeremy

Moses Sumney – Indulge me The first time I heard one of Moses songs it stopped me in my tracks, I was pretty blown away by his unique vocal tone and the way he often uses his voice like an instrument to create beautiful layers within his tracks. Indulge me is the perfect track for those long journeys or when you want some quite time. You can get pretty lost in it.

Sampha The Great – Flowers - REMI When I first came across this track I think I must have listened to it on repeat for a week! Sampha has a really nice flow and her lyrics are very poetic fusing together Jazz, Neo-Soul and Hiphop.  Her latest album titled ‘Birds and The BEE9’, which Flowers is taken from, is pretty awesome and I’d highly recommend you give it a listen.

Nai Palm – Have You Ever Been (To Electric Ladyland) This track is a cover of Jimmy Hendrix’s ‘Have You Ever Been (To Electric Ladyland)’. Nai Palm describes Jimmy’s music as beautiful and eclectic, not just typically Rock -n –Roll. She wanted to create a version of the track that showed a softer feminine approach, which I think she does perfectly.

Interested to know what the rest of the FoV team has been listening to this Autumn/ Winter? Here are their top picks:

Faye Gibson

Lowly - Heba

Com Truise – Iteration

Liima – 1982


Graeme Farrow

Melanie di Basio - All my Worlds

Charlotte Ganisbourg - Deadly Valentine (Soulwax remix) 

Susanne Sandfor - Mountaineers 


Bronwen Davies

The Cable Ties - Say what you mean

Downtown Boys - Promissory Note

Jen Cloher - Sensory Memory 


Poppy Strugess

Kate Tempest – Tunnel  Kate Tempest has been high on my 'most played' Spotify playlist for a few years now, and she continues to eloquently express the most current social issues through her music and spoken word. To me, she is just brilliant!  

Adam Ben Ezra – Prayer His music is composed and performed by him, and him alone. Bass lead, with voice, clarinet, flute, piano, and percussion, all are looped to create fascinating rhythms and melodies. This particular song, Prayer, is a wonderful example of his Israeli roots and influences in his music. The whole album was recorded in front of a live audience - it is said that they had to be so quiet you couldn't hear a pin drop, hence the album title. 

Sheku Kanneh-Mason – (18 Cello) The Kanneh- Mansons The Swan is a piece that many may recognise, but Sheku's musicality and passion for the cello are expressed beautifully in this arrangement. One of my favourites for a soothing drive home! Find out more about Sheku and his incredibly talented family here:


Elen Roberts

Bomba Estéreo - Soy Yo I first came across Bomba Estéreo at SXSW in 2015. I've been keeping an eye on her since. It's a good injection of some attitude and a celebration of being yourself. This video is worth a watch too

HMS Morris - Morbid Mind Recently nominated for the Welsh Music Prize, HMS Morris showcased at Indie Week Canada in Toronto - I went with them to help out, saw 4 sets, this was always a loud, energy-filled cracker of a song, been listening it to it since.

Café Tacvba – Enamorada This Mexican band has been around for a long time, and with so many warm vibes in these cold and dark months, I’ve been listening to them a lot. Enamorada in particular has been playing at home.


Sarah Dennehy

Nick Hakim – Green Twins 

Children of Zeus - Story so Far 

Gonjasufi - Mandela Effect    

Anchorsong - Ceremonial

Damu The Fudgemonk - Vignettes 


Rachel Kinchin 

My spotify playlist has been seriously squiffed this year due to my sister's wedding (I was in charge of the playlist) and a family trip which included playing the brain-fry catchy hit of the summer Desposito (both the one with and without Beiber) over and over again. So, it has taken me a while to get here... and I've cheated on the theme a little...

Favourite 2017 albums...(on top of many of the albums my colleagues have already mentioned)

Four Tet - New Energy 

LCD Soundsystem - American Dream 

Noga Erez - Off the Radar 

Some of my music crushes of 2017... I was lucky enough to see many of these (new for me) music discoveries this year at various gigs and festivals. What an incredible year 2017 was for so many genres of music. What do artists do in the face of adversity? Make banging tunes, it would seem... 

Listen to our Spotify playlist to hear our autumn sounds...

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