Welsh solo artist and producer, Rachel K Collier returns with her addictive track ‘Rust’.
We are obsessed with the song’s beautiful, metallic riffs, and house-influenced percussive grooves, as well as the highly relatable lyrics that discuss how relationships can become stale and deteriorate unless you keep them polished and fresh, “left to rot, things wont changed…polish off, make it shine”.
Expect Rachel’s second EP in early Autumn and debut album early 2018.
We’ve been keeping our eyes on London-based ShannonSaunders ever since we first heard her vocals on Wilkinson‘s ‘Breathe’, so we were pretty happy to learn that she has shared her new video for ‘Pure’.
Shot on a stunning black beach in Iceland, the Damian-Weilers‘ directed video shows both a tough and beautiful side of Shannon (who else would be able to walk bare footed on a freezing beach in Iceland so gracefully?!), which pretty much sums up the meaning behind the track.
As Shannon puts it,
“‘Pure’ is the awakening of the soul when you first experience unconditional love. Musically it is a marriage of heavy underground beats with ambient vocals, taking you on a journey between first heartbreak and first love.”
‘Pure’ is out now via Lovejoy Records.
Sounds like: FKA Twigs, Låpsley, NAO, Delaire, Jessie Ware
NAO is a London-based singer, who’s got a busy summer lined up, jam packed up with festivals.
The video for ‘Fool To Love’ features Ashley Walters (Top Boy).
‘Fool To Love’ is out now via Little Tokyo Recordings. Purchase on iTunes.
Tue 25th Oct Manchester The Ritz
Wed 26th Oct Glasgow Arts School
Thu 27th Oct Leeds University
Sat 29th Oct Brighton All Saints Church
Sun 30th Oct Birmingham O2 Institute 2
Tue 1st Nov Bristol Motion
Thu 3rd Nov London Shepherds Bush Empire
18-year-old Demo Taped shares the juxtaposing, colourful video for his synth pop number, ‘Game On’; a bold shout out to anxiety and depression, which he has suffered for years.
Demo Taped decided, that despite the panic attacks and suicidal thoughts, and despite the heartbreak that lead him to write this song (it’s a love song, but also a “fuck you, mental illness” anthem), he would channel that energy into making music and staying alive.
A new wave of indie R&B male vocalists from the UK continues. This time, it’s 20 year old Staffordshire born producer and songwriter XO (aka Sunil Heera).
His latest release continues to live up to the hype and sees XO play with just as many disparate influences as his first two EP’s — neo soul, funk, hip hop, the faint pulse of deep house – with an added abstract twist.
The A side, ‘Divive Disaster’, features the vocals of Sydney based newcomer James Chatburn, and was also influenced by the story of 2014 film ‘Gone Girl’ with Heera claiming the EP to be about how “our head and heart can sometimes be in two different places, in some cases we confront it and in others we learn to live with it”.
The B-side, ‘Night Time Solace’, favours woozy, blown-out sounds and sample-heavy electronica for a gorgeous slice of twisted soul.
‘Divine Disaster’ / ‘Night Time Solace’ is out now on his own label, He Loves You Not Recordings,
Sounds like: Jai Paul, Ben Khan, The Weeknd, SOHN, Jack Garratt, Alex Vargas, NAO