Mix and match

We’d never heard of NATTY but folk who work on the Londoner’s behalf (he’s signed to a major label) have been emailing The Pop Cop about him and describing his mellow sound as “suitable for a Sunday afternoon”.

To be honest, that’s pretty much where we stopped reading since PR babble rarely makes our cynical hearts skip a beat. It was only when we discovered this dreadlocked new kid on the block was taking his reggae-influenced oeuvre to the windowless basement of Glasgow’s indier-than-thou Nice ‘n’ Sleazy that we found ourselves strangely drawn to scratch beneath the soundbites.

And what we found came as a most pleasant surprise. Rather than being some Bob Marley wannabe, Natty has clearly been listening to the odd bit of folk music.

All the signs seem to suggest Atlantic Records are prepping Natty to infiltrate the alternative scene. His song If I… appeared on a recent NME compilation and he has supported Kate Nash, Hard-Fi and Adele. If our theory is correct, then getting Natty on stage with Mystery Jets at last month’s iTunes Festival to cover a Vampire Weekend number was a marriage made in indie crossover heaven. Let’s just pray some clueless music magazine doesn’t brand him “new reggae”.

4 Natty – If I…
4 Natty and Mystery Jets – One (Blake’s Got A New Face) [Vampire Weekend cover]

b April 1, Nice ‘n’ Sleazy, Glasgow (tickets)

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