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Hot off the heels of the 2018 Brit Awards last week, we wanted to create our own rankings of the artists we felt needed commending in our very own Brit Awards.

BRITISH ARTIST VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Radiohead – Lift

 

The video for 1997 Radiohead track ‘Lift’ was one of the most memorable music videos for us this year. Directed by Oscar Hudson, the video is set inside a large residential elevator with an exasperated Thom Yorke travelling inside from start to finish. The distinctive video for ‘Lift’ presents new characters and intriguing settings on each floor, including flurrying business men and a man drinking out of a fish bowl. The rapid succession of such surreal situations is definitely enough to set your mind spinning.

INTERNATIONAL GROUP
Superorganism

 

Appearing on BBC Sound of 2018′s list are Superorganism, a group comprised eight musicians from the UK, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. Described as ‘Multi-Cultural Pop Experimentalists’, the group have really made strides in the past year with a their first headline show in London and a notably strong appearance on the series finale of Jools Holland.
 

INTERNATIONAL FEMALE SOLO ARTIST
Maggie Rogers

 

Maggie’s career has made leaps and bounds recently, stemming from the viral video that circulated in early 2016 of a poingiant Masterclass with Pharrell Williams where he first sung her praises and fully endorsed her talent. Born in Maryland, the traditional singer/songwriter folk vocals married with beating synths make Maggie Rogers definitely one to watch.

INTERNATIONAL MALE SOLO ARTIST
Father John Misty

 

Tillman’s latest album ‘Pure Comedy’ has been highly commended this year, and we see him as a fitting winner for International Male Artist of the year. Growing up in an Evangelical Christian household in Rockville, Maryland is clearly reflected in his music. This combined with his established songwriting and effortless vocals makes his work worthy of this award in our eyes.

MASTERCARD BRITISH ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Sampha – Process

 

Mercury prize winner Sampha has really owned this year. His album ‘Process’ is the product of many years work for Sampha Sisay, having worked with SBTRKT, Kayne West and Drake in recent years. His use of eclectic samples and his trademark bedroom-style production really make this album.

BRITISH SINGLE
Royal Blood – I Only Lie When I Love You

 

This bluesy single from Royal Bloods LP ‘How Did We Get So Dark?’ is a stand out track for this year. The British duo are pro’s at composing catchy rock songs matched with punchy vocals, and Kerr’s haunting melodies on ‘I Only Lie When I Love You’ are no exception.

BRITISH MALE SOLO ARTIST
JP Cooper

 

We were surprised not to see JP Cooper in the real Brit Awards this year, so we’re awarding him our very own! His flawless vocals has contributed to so many big hits this year, such as Jonas Blue ‘Perfect Strangers’ and his own hits She’s On My Mind’ and ‘September Song’.

BRITISH BREAKTHROUGH ACT
Loyle Carner

 

Originally nominated for this category, Loyle Carner is certainly a force to be reckoned with. We felt the with the humongous year he’s had he fully deserved this award. His first album ‘Yesterday’s Gone’ was nominated for the Mercury Prize, and his autobiographical approach to lyric writing has certainly captured the British publics hearts this year.

BRITISH GROUP
Wolf Alice

 

Wolf Alice have been working hard on the British gig circuit for a while now, it’s been nice to see them reach further successes this year. Their album ‘Visions of a Life’ received critical acclaim and impressively reached number 2 in the UK charts selling 9,333 copies in its first week. We predict big things!

BRITISH FEMALE SOLO ARTIST
Jessie Ware

 

Jessie Ware has long deserved a Brit Award in our opinion! Not long after giving birth to her first child (‘I didn’t get maternity leave! I’m self-employed – being a musician is my business’) she’s released her third album in 2018 ‘Glasshouse’.

BRITS GLOBAL SUCCESS AWARD
Liam Gallagher

 

Liam Gallagher’s debut single has been played frequently here at Angell (with Dave arguably being his biggest fan!). His solo work released in the past year has definitely been a big step up from Beady Eye to us.

BRITISH PRODUCER OF THE YEAR
Jamie xx

 

Jamie XX is certainly a force to be reckoned with his top class production skills. We felt his work on the XX’s ‘I See You’ warranted this award!