By his own account, the great soul survivor Bobby Womack had given up on music when Damon Albarn sought him out to guest on the 2010 Gorillaz album Plastic Beach - a collaboration that blossomed miraculously into Womack’s first all-new recording since 1994, 2012’s unanimously-acclaimed The Bravest Man in the Universe. Followed by triumphant appearances at Glastonbury and Latitude, the album opened yet another chapter in Womack’s extraordinary career - now into its seventh decade - introducing this profoundly powerful singer, author of such seminal works as Communication, Across 110th Street and The Poet, and collaborator with myriad soul and rock legends including Wilson Pickett, Aretha Franklin, Janis Joplin and Sly Stone, to a whole new generation of fans.
French-Canadian Mélissa Laveaux released her second album Dying Is A Wild Night in France in 2013 which has made her a household name following critical acclaim and sell-out shows in the country. Born to Haitian parents in Montreal, Mélissa Laveaux moved to France six years ago when she signed to No Format (also home to Chilly Gonzales and Julia Saar) and in 2008 released her debut album Camphor and Copper. Laveaux’s style is self-assured: a combination of folk, indie pop and her signature percussive finger-style blues guitar all topped with her rich and gritty vocals.