2017 was an excellent year for Dirty Hit, but 2018 is set to be even bigger. Here’s a few of the label’s artists that are ready to set this year alight.
Independent labels have always been a hotbed for emerging talent and is often where some of the greatest acts in music, past and present, begin. It wouldn’t be much of a stretch to say to say that the British Isles are the envy of the world when it comes to taking a DIY approach to building a roster of stellar artists, and, of recent times, nobody has done it as well as Dirty Hit. Founded in 2009 by Jamie Oborne, Brian Smith and the late Ugo Ehiogu, as the latter balanced his esteemed football career with a passion for music, Dirty Hit has invested itself in uncovering and supporting some of the country’s most talented bands and solo performers who are set to take the world by storm- along with a few that already have. 2017 was an excellent year for Dirty Hit; the release of Visions Of A Life affirmed Wolf Alice’s position as one of the best bands hailing from the UK, and Superfood shined bright on their label debut Bambino. But 2018 is set to be even bigger. Here’s a few of the label’s artists that are ready to set this year alight.
The Japanese House
The Japanese House is a Buckinghamshire-based solo indie-pop act, and the brainchild of Amber Bain. Having released 4 EPs over the steady course of 2 years, Bain has already garnered a dedicated following along with a brilliant repertoire of music, all without her releasing a full commercial record. Standout tracks like “Clean”, “Face Like Thunder” and “Saw You In A Dream” highlight Bain’s wide range of talents as a singer, producer and multi-instrumentalist. With a debut album chalked for release later this year, if you aren’t familiar with her yet, you’d be foolish not to give The Japanese House a try.
Being placed amongst the likes of Khalid, Rex Orange County and Billie Eilish in the BBC’s Sound Of 2018 list, as well as lists published by the likes of the NME, MTV and Vevo showcasing the best new acts of the year, Pale Waves are undoubtedly one of the country’s most exciting new bands. Having gained popularity on tour with The 1975 in Europe and North America, Pale Waves’ following has grown massively in the past year, and with the release of their debut EP and a full-length album on the horizon in 2018, the sky is definitely the limit for this Manchester band.
From the release of their eponymous debut album in 2013, The 1975 have experienced what can only be described as a meteoric rise. Say what you like about this band, but graduating from small UK headline shows to selling out Madison Square Garden and 2 nights at the O2 in little more than 5 years is a feat that demands admiration. Matty Healy and co. brought an end to the I Like It When You Sleep… era with a triumphant headline set a Latitude festival last year, and didn’t waste time before returning to the studio to work on their third LP, which according to Healy, will be named Music For Cars. Dirty Hit co-founder and The 1975’s manager Jamie Oborne can’t mask his excitement for what this band have in store for this year, and it’s easy to see why: without a shadow of a doubt, Music For Cars will cement The 1975 as one of the UK’s biggest and most talented bands, and you can’t deny that they fully deserve it.