After his initial foray into mainstream consciousness, Sean Paul seemed to fall out of favour for a few years. Early on, his singles Get Busy and Temperature, as well as his appearance on Beyonce’s Baby Boy and Blu Cantrell’s brilliant R’n’B hit Breathe seemed to point towards him being a fully-fledged star in his own right as well as a go-to collaborator.
Then the pop industry parked the Jamaican on the sidelines for a while. Since re-emerging, it has been collaborations once more that have thrust him back in the limelight. The Saturdays at the peak of their pop powers featured him on What About Us?, a song that would go on to top the UK charts. Since then Sia, Little Mix and Clean Bandit have also borrowed Sean Paul’s vocals.
Sean Paul plays the SSE Hydro in Glasgow on June 2.
Kaiser Chiefs rose to prominence during an indie surge that saw dozens of bands move from their garages to stages to festivals. Having been a judge on The Voice, Ricky Wilson looked to raise the profile of the band among pop aficionados.
Although many of the band’s songs would most likely have already found the ears of pop crowds. With catchy choruses and bouncy hooks throughout their sets, Kaiser Chiefs’ live performances have become a big draw up and down the country. Ruby and I Predict a Riot are amongst a whole host of high-energy, poppy indie classics that have come from the Leeds band.
Kaiser Chiefs play the Barrowlands in Glasgow on June 6.
Although at its essence a duo, Jungle expands to become a comprehensive musical collective during live performances. Their brand of music rubs funk all over some pop and northern soul sounds and has appeared in countless adverts, TV shows and videogames. Busy Earnin’ is arguably the band’s most well-known single to date, and perfectly demonstrates the bass and brass-filled modern soul that Jungle strive towards with each one of their glistening singles.
Although their sound is somewhat experimental, that doesn’t mean it is inaccessible in any way. Danceable, singable and upbeat, Jungle can help set the mood for a good night out in the early days of summer.
Jungle play SWG3 in Glasgow on June 6.
Amongst the most pretentious of indie bands, Foals have been offering their Oxford-born math rock through a number of albums and EPs over the past few years. While they have plenty of tracks that the hipster indie elite will be able to geek out on, they have also penned a few more accessible songs such as Hummer and Spanish Sahara.
In typically obtuse fashion, Foals have released their latest album Everything Not Saved Will be Lost in two parts…with separate release dates. Part one is already out with the second half scheduled for release at some point in Autumn. As we will be in the deeper part of Summer, weather permitting, Galvanizers Yard at SWG3 could offer up a great, sun-bathed evening.
Foals play SWG3 in Glasgow on June 18.
previews by Luke Hawkins