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2009 artist to watch: VV Brown

December 23, 2008 |  1:22 pm

Pop & Hiss offers a look at some of the artists we expect to make noise in 2009.


Artist: VV Brown

Why her: This will sound familiar: A young British soul singer with a penchant for retro sounds is tipped by the British press as the next big thing. But Brown is a long way removed from the smokey nightclub vibe of Amy Winehouse or the torch songs of Duffy. Just check her debut single “Crying Blood,” an amped-up doo-wop dance floor anthem, where surf-rock guitars slide around video game bloops and where Brown stomps all over the cut’s big beats with a wallop of spunk. A former session singer and songwriter -- the Pussycat Dolls are among her credits -- Brown is ready to seize the spotlight with a swarm of high-energy pop songs. Need more evidence? Sample “Everybody,” with its hand-clap groove, teasing piano and no-nonsense vocals. When all is said and done, Brown delivers something her retro U.K. peers have thus far lacked: Just pure, whimsical fun.

What’s next:
Her debut album, “Traveling Like the Light,” is planned for a March release on Island Records in the U.K.

--Todd Martens

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