When co-presenting on Clive Anderson’s show Loose Ends on BBC Radio 4 they were the performing musical guests. They have been on repeat with me since. I will be hooking up with them for sure when I am on tour in Australia in March next year.
If you google Simisola, the results will show a 1994 novel by British crime writer Ruth Rendell. Dig deeper and you will find a treasure chest of music by an artist called Simisola, or simply Simi for short. Think silky-sweet vocals fused with the most delicious mash-up of afrobeats and soul and you have Simi. The Nigerian-born artist has been on my playlist since her 2017 self-titled album. I usually play this album in the car, and it has been the perfect companion for many road trips.
How did I discover her?
YouTube! I was browsing online when a video came on, and I was hooked.
I have loved PJ Morton (above) for a while, from his gospel roots to being a member of Maroon 5. His artistry has always been unquestioned. I am loving the recent iteration of his sound, starting with the Gumbo album to the live on Facebook-streamed and recorded Gumbo Unplugged, both of which were Grammy-nominated (his version of The Bee Gees’ How Deep is Your Love from the latter giving him a Grammy for Best Traditional R&B Performance). Then there’s also his recent album Christmas with PJ Morton, while his recent Paul project is sonically clever, and another great record from his Morton Records label.
How did I discover him?
It was a few years ago at a festival, but recently I saw him when I had a stopover in New York following a tour. As any music lover would, I searched online to see who was gigging and I was absolutely thrilled to see he was live at the Brooklyn Bowl. What a night, I started with a few games of bowling with my band and tour manager, followed by an amazing night of soul. Oh take me back!
How do I describe this awesome musician? He’s a drummer, singer, rapper, fashion icon and more who plays his drums while rapping and singing. Anderson Paak is not Phil Collins, he has his own vibe, oozes charisma and his flow is so unique that once you hear a record you can tell it’s him. It’s a quality that is paramount for an artist. He’s so creative it seems like he could churn out an album a week if he wanted. Please check out his Tiny Desk session (you can see it on YouTube) and thank me later.
How did I discover him?
This was the artist whose song I heard booming out of the speakers of another car while sitting in a traffic jam. It’s amazing where we find music or where music finds us! So whatever state you are in, whether you’re just out of a break-up, are celebrating or simply hanging out, find music and feel no pain.
ON MY PLAYLIST
Jamie Cullum, Taller
I have been really looking forward to hearing this and it does not disappoint. From the first track, which gives the album its name, I find my head nodding along uncontrollably to the beat. My favourite song is Drink, which is beautifully written and has a very honest delivery. I can imagine thousands of people singing along in arenas, stadiums and festivals. Jamie has done it again, this is a fantastic album.