#6: JACK GARRATT

Jack Garratt has had quite a 2014. After his debut EP ‘Remnants‘ afforded him some well-deserved recognition, the London-based singer and multi-instrumentalist has performed at Reading & Leeds, received backing and radio play from the likes of Nick Grimshaw, Huw Stephens and Fearne Cotton, and supported Ben Howard on his UK tour. In May this year, writer George Shaw and tipper Rob Platts brought Garratt’s “Atlantic ocean levels of depth and song-writing maturity” on single ‘Water‘ to the The Tipping Point.

Whether it’s the funky lurch of ‘Worry‘, the glorious elegance of ‘Water‘, or the delicate R & B of ‘The Love You’re Given‘, Garratt dares to pick and choose elements from all manner of genres and unite them with such expert dexterity, and of course that beautifully-pitched, delicate yet soulful voice. His music sounds like he’s taken that staple of British music; the ‘singer-songwriter’, and gone on a very long and experimental walk with it. Comparisons to James Blake abound, but where Blake errs on the side of minimalism Garratt goes for sheer musical gratification, the kind reminiscent of dearly departed The Child of Lov.

Having built on the success of his ‘Remnants‘ EP with a summer of compelling live shows, the time has surely come [if it hasn’t already!] for Jack Garratt to hit the studio and stun us with his full-length debut in 2015, and we can’t wait.

Words by Lewis Lister Tipped by Rob Platts at Junk City and The Great Escape

Jack Garratt was originally tipped back in May with words by George Shaw

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