Preview: Later … With Jools Holland

Later ... With Jools Holland
Later... with Jools Holland. Photographer: Samantha Wynn

Later… with Jools Holland returns for the fifth programme of the series, filmed at Jools’ creative home, his unique South London recording studio. Each programme will continue to delve in to the world of new music, from both established artists and emerging musicians, to bring you the eclectic mix the show is famed for.

This week Jools chats to Celeste, the BBC’s Sound of 2020, about her musical journey so far, loves and influences, illustrated by a diverse selection of clips from the extensive Later archive. The soulful singer made her debut on Later… a year ago, shortly after the release of her hauntingly beautiful breakthrough hit Strange, which she performed on the show.

Celeste, who started making music in Brighton is now based in London and joins Jools ahead of the much anticipated release of her debut album, due at the start of 2021. She draws influence from the greats including Ella Fitzgerald and Aretha Franklin whose records made up her grandfather’s collection and the likes of Billie Holiday, whose CD was played on repeat in the Brighton pub she worked at as a teen. This week’s performances offer introductions to two artists who are tipped for success in 2021.

The first takes us to the legendary Parr Street Studios in Liverpool where Wigan band The Lathums have been recording their debut album with producers Chris Taylor and James Skelly, the latter frontman of famed Merseyside band The Coral. The indie four-piece started off at Pemberton’s The Music Project College, and have quickly garnered a huge fanbase via a series of EP, the latest of which ‘Ghosts’ is due at the end of the month. ‘The Memories We Make’, a collection of music from their first two EPs charted at number 14 in July, helped along by a spot on fan Tim Burgess’ renowned Twitter Listening Parties. Second up to make their debut on the show is singer-songwriter Joesef, who from the East End of Glasgow only started performing his dreamy soulful music at the start of 2019.

Previously Joesef hadn’t considered a career as a singer, but a fateful open mic night changed that when a friend, turned manager, convinced him of the strength of his voice. He creates his personal and emotional lo-fi pop tunes at home, the latest of which, EP ‘Does It Make You Feel Good?’ is released this month. This series of Later… with Jools Holland launched with Mercury Prize 2020 special which saw Michael Kiwanuka, the winner of the 2020 Hyundai Mercury Prize for his album KIWANUKA in conversation with Jools, discussing the honour of taking home the iconic prize, the creative process behind KIWANUKA and the musical influences that shaped it. This series so far has also seen Jools chat to Robert Plant, Sam Smith and Paloma Faith and has featured special performances from Declan McKenna, London Grammar, Koffee, Shirley Collins, Future Utopia (aka Fraser T Smith) and Afel Bocoum. 

Later … With Jools Holland – Friday at 10.45 on BBC Two.