After becoming a multi-platinum artist in her band G.R.L., Natasha Slayton has made her solo pop debut with the high vibe single, Love Me Like Me which oozes introspective lyrical gold.
Love Me Like Me shares the artist’s journey to sobriety and self-worth; by opening with the line, I was wasting my time looking for a feeling I could never find until I started healing, Slayton effortlessly established herself as the pop icon we never knew we needed.
The summer pop vibes and a lyrical focus on healing in the debut release bust the myth that summer pop earworms have to be superficial to be infectious.
Love Me Like Me is now available to stream via Spotify.
Acid house and hip hop converge in Tommy Legendz single, 2000’s, taken from his debut EP, From Home. With two decades between now and the era he captures in his standout track, plenty of millennials will appreciate the nostalgia hit that 2000’s comes with.
The playful polyphonic synths paired with the steady 808 snares creates a captivating platform for Legendz’ vocals that come with the same luxe style as East Coast rap icons such as Nas and Jay Z.
With the fearless experimentalism found in his debut, the artist’s moniker is incredibly likely to become a self-fulfilling prophecy.
Tommy Legendz latest single is now available to stream via Spotify.
Up and coming alternative artist, Wohn has released his relatable EP, Waiting for Life to Happen; the lead track, Junjito, is an arresting amalgamation of shoegaze, post-punk and garagey psych-rock that any fans of the alt-90s will want in their ears.
After a shoegazy prelude, the mostly instrumental release starts to centre around the artist’s ability to lay down riffs at blistering speed and his ability to make a soundscape fraught with tumultuous tension with his over-driven angular lead work.
After an ebb in the veracious momentum, the pensive vocals make an eerily captivating appearance before Wohn lays down a scorching-hot, seemingly endless solo that is leagues apart from other contemporary alternative artists. We truly can’t rate Wohn highly enough. He not only evokes angsty grungy 90s nostalgia, but he also puts a visceral signature spin on it. We can’t wait to hear more of in the future.
Manchester-based alt-indie electropop artist and producer Rorys Aspect has released his arresting EP, Lifesaver, featuring the standout synth-pop track, Social Anxiety, which comes with spacey 80s vibes and the most candid lyricism you will hear this year.
With shoegazey guitars and just as much reverb on the vocals, the raw nature of the lyricism loses some of its sting in the choral trippy tones that are prolific in tracks from Manchester’s greats such as the Stone Roses, the Chameleons and the Charlatans.
The self-produced track is unequivocal proof that Manchester has another revolutionary in its midst. As a fellow Mancunian, it is all too refreshing to hear an indie artist not falling into the process of assimilation.
You can check out Rorys Aspect’s latest EP by heading over to Spotify.
If you paid attention to the UK rock scene in the 90s, you might already be acquainted with Airbus who are set to release their psychedelically sweet third studio album, You, via Spira Records.
The album unleashes singles penned and recorded back in the 1990s; the band lifted the audio from master tapes using a 24-track 2-inch tape machine to keep the warm analogue glow of the original recordings. Short of hopping in a TARDIS and pushing your way to the front of the crowd when Mazzy Star performed at the Shoreline Amphitheatre, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better way to transport yourself back to the 90s.
If you can imagine what an aural cocktail of The Zombies, Elliott Smith and the Beatles would sound like, you’ll get an idea of the dreamy, colourful accordance that is weaved in the standout single ‘I’. Reminiscences aside, the band’s masterfully melodic presence on the airwaves once more is a breath of fresh kaleidoscopic air. The lead track carries that dreamy feel of wholesome wild abandon that most have forgotten how to offer in the 21st century.
Airbus’ upcoming album is due for release in September 2021. You can check out the band on Spotify, Facebook and YouTube.
After a dark ethereal intro, Philly Knox’s latest single, Bad Guy, seamlessly shifts into an amalgamation of trap beats, RnB pop vocals and rap verses that Knox uses to utterly floor you with the candid demeanour of her soulful yet vehemently fierce bars.
Bad Guy may share the same title as Eilish’s viral hit, but Knox put an ensnaring claim on the name with her dark hip hop hit that sticks with you for quite some time after the haunting lo-fi-style outro. The single feeds empowerment through the deliverance of raw and intimate expression that isn’t commonplace anywhere, let alone on the airwaves.
Up and coming RnB artist Kiani Alexandra has released her soulfully-rendered latest single, want u worse; it’s packed with infectious pop potential, but you’ll fall just as hard for the lyrics as you will for the addictive melodies.
The lyric “I know you want me bad, but I want you worse” deserves a Grammy in itself. That’s just one of the clever vocals melodic hooks that appear in this high-vibe danceable earworm that explores some of the darkest emotions we will ever face in a way that leaves you instilled with euphoric emotion. Calling Kiani Alexandra an ingenious artist could never be considered to be hyperbolic.
want u worse is now available to stream and download on all major platforms via this link.
Fox Evades is the solo project of Manchester-born singer songwriter and producer Jordan Mae. Following up the success of debut single ‘The Heart That Drowned’ and follow-up ‘Bira’, both of which garnered interest from BBC Introducing’s Hannah Fletcher, comes third single ‘Someday’.
A soaring, spacious three minutes of echoey dream-pop, reminiscent of Desperate Journalist, Belly, Slowdive, or The Cure, ‘Someday’ is deliciously gentle and atmospheric, tangibly breakable and ethereal, with a picked repeating guitar line that could have come straight from Three Imaginary Boys or Seventeen Seconds, and Mae’s haunting, delicate voice evocative of Tanya Donelly or Toni Halliday on vocal duties.
It’s truly excellent, and a beautiful, ephemeral taster for Fox Evades’ debut EP due out later this year. You can hear Someday on Spotify; follow Fox Evades on Facebook and Instagram.
Philly-hailing singer-songwriter Jules Marie has garnered plenty of hype since releasing her debut single in 2020. After the release of her latest single, Bulletproof, it is hard to see how anything could get in the way of her trajectory to the top. Her accessible girl next door vibes mixed with her infectiously empowered attitude in Bulletproof was discernibly a recipe for success. Not only is she an artist that you can be in awe of, but she is also an artist that you can relate to.
Instrumentally, Bulletproof is a smooth and stylish feat of indie pop, while Jules Marie pulls nuances of RnB into the mix in true 90s and 00s pop style. Any fans of Nelly Furtado, Alicia Keys, Kelly Clarkson and Natasha Bedingfield will definitely want to pay attention to the artist that has already racked up 100k streams on Spotify alone.
Bulletproof is now available to stream via Spotify.
BrooksOfYork has returned with the phenomenally seminal single, Work, each of his tracks is an intricately artful and intimate affair, yet, Work captures the artist at his most profound and consoling.
Nuances of RnB pull through in the electronic indie-pop release that was constructed with accordantly clean guitars and reverb-swathed synth lines; despite its quiescence, inspires profound introspection.
Under the influence of Bon Iver, Boyz II Men, Quincy Jones, Teddy Riley and any artist with the capacity to concoct evocative aural vignettes. Work doesn’t solely reflect on the 9-5 grind, but the labours of love that seem to work our knuckles to the bone.
You can check out BrooksOfYork’s latest single, Work, that officially released on March 22th via Spotify.