16/10/17: Lots Holloway [Why I? Records]
Lots Holloway is a singer and multi-instrumentalist who became fascinated by music at a young age. She spent her childhood writing lyrics and learning how to play an array of instruments. First the drums, then the guitar, the bass, and finally the piano. Once Lots had mastered each of these elements individually, she began to merge them, along with her lyrics, and started crafting and arranging entire songs. Since moving to London in 2011 she’s continued to hone in on her own musical style, taking inspiration from icons such as Talking Heads, David Bowie and Kate Bush, combining this with her own natural talent and diverse ability as a singer-songwriter. Her debut ‘Slow Down’ EP is out now on ‘Why I? Records’.
09/10/17: Titus Makin [Independent]
Hawaiian-born singer, dancer and actor Titus Makin is probably better-known for his roles of David in Glee and Clark in Pretty Little Liars. Away from the cameras his passion lies with his music and has recently released his new single ‘Ropes’ from his Love Addict EP. If the likes of Miley Cyrus and Sabrina Carpenter are anything to go by, Titus could join an illustrious group of young talents to make the transition from the screen to the studio. Titus’ soulful vocal is perfect for mainstream pop and, potentially, future collaborations with electronic artists. Check out his new single ‘Ropes’ here.
02/10/17: Tom Petty (1950-2017)
In memory of the late and undeniably great Tom Petty, we have made the rock icon our Artist of the Week. As a bandleader, he had hits with the Heartbreakers as well as having tremendous success as a solo artist and as one-fifth of the Travelling Wilburys. His musical journey began when his uncle introduced him to Elvis Presley in 1960. He then witnessed The Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964 and soon found that other kids were catching the bug too. His career saw him stand up for artist’s rights, struggle with mental illness and drug addiction and most importantly, produce great music. This Rocktober, we remember one of the all-time greats.
25/09/17: The Keymakers [Independent]
Meet The Keymakers – the duo musical project from Rome Alexander and Rederic. Born and raised in Pittsburgh, the two brothers now live together in Boston. Though very close from an early age, the two worked on music almost completely independently until 2016. “We’ve got so much music in our heads that we want to get out to the masses,” said Rederic. “We’ve honed a unique sound, and we’ll be experimenting with a bunch of different styles and genres that I think will surprise a lot of people”. Rome added that their debut single “‘Good for You’ is a great taste of what we’re trying to do, but we’ve got so much music that we really think people are going to enjoy. We can’t wait to get started”. Read their full story here.
18/09/17: Lauren Francis [Independent]
Essex-based singer-songwriter Lauren Francis has performed throughout the south-east with a variety of musicians. Honing her craft in bands with varying genres and influences, her path to solo material has been one rich with experience. Many will currently know her as the angelic vocalist and keyboardist of the demonic metal band Devilment with whom she’s toured internationally. Her new single ‘Feelin’ Something’ shows off her seductively soulful side with an understated backing that allows her vocal to blossom.
Max Rowat and Katie Boyle, professionally known as Koven, are gaining a widespread reputation for being one of the most dynamic duos in bass music. Known for their unique spin on drum and bass that combines acoustic and electronic sounds together with strong vocals, their new track ‘Figure’ (Out 15th September) is the perfect reminder of why the duo are so highly-acclaimed in the scene.
Swedish songstress Frida Sundemo has just released her brand new single ‘Gold’ ahead of her highly anticipated international debut album Flashbacks & Futures, due on October 6th through leading Scandinavian record label Cosmos Music. Her vocal is delicate and smooth which can reach euphoric heights when it needs to as she showed on ‘We Are Dreamers’ earlier in the year. She’s shown increasing promise for her debut with every single she’s released and ‘Gold’ is her most emotive to date thanks to the gorgeous string section. Frida is an artist primed and ready for the international stage.
PVRIS began life as a five-piece metalcore band called Operation Guillotine but it’s their fusion of rock, electronica and pop which has earned them a loyal fanbase over the past few years. They’ve just released their second album All We Know Of Heaven, All We Need Of Hell and it’s one of the most beautifully-crafted albums we’ve heard all year. With dark inspirations and meticulous musicianship, they are one the most exciting bands in the industry.
21/08/17: Maisie Peters [Independent]
Maisie Peters has just released her debut single ‘Place We Were Made‘. For the past two years, she has built up a following via her Youtube Channel which now boasts over 30,000 subscribers. The 17-year-old is one to watch with her spellbinding vocal and guitar harmonies catching our ears from the moment we hit play. Her lyrical themes may be predominantly about teenage life, but her songwriting ability shows great promise. Give her a couple more years of experience and we could be in for some breathtaking songs from the young singer-songwriter.
14/08/17: Sarah Walk [One Little Indian Records]
Signed to One Little Indian, Sarah Walk emerged in 2016 with a storm in her fingers and a burning fire in her heart. She writes songs with soaring melodies – the perfect foil to her intimate lyrics exploring the eternal themes of heartbreak and loss. She has just released her new single, Let Me Try, and you can read our review here. Taken from her upcoming debut album, it will give you a glimpse at her superb musicianship. We urge anyone and everyone to listen through her whole catalogue to date and welcome her music into your life.
22-year-old producer Isabelle Rezazadeh, a.k.a. REZZ, produces dark and sinister productions which cross multiple genres and styles. The self-taught producer caught the attention of industry icons Skrillex and deadmau5 during her self-taught journey to the top. She’s released multiple tracks on the aforementioned producers’ labels. 2017 sees her release her debut album Mass Manipulation on mau5trap and while it may be short in duration, she showcases the best of what she does. She’s a producer with a formidable skill and has built a unique identity from scratch crafting soundtracks made for a dystopian world that one hopes we are not descending into just yet.
KWAYE is a cosmopolitan pop artist with an irresistible style that stands out from the crowd. A fortunate series of events led to his emergence.The Zimbabwe-born, London-raised student was in the midst of study abroad at UCLA, taking classes in African-American studies and the music industry. Within a week of landing, he met a producer and the first thing they created together was a demo for what would become his breakout single “Cool Kids.” While still figuring out his way around the city, KWAYE was picked up in Downtown LA by an Uber driven by a former A&R executive, and after hearing “Cool Kids” he arranged to pass it along to Mind of a Genius label head David Dann. MOAG provided KWAYE with a place to work and record, and within just a couple weeks he was the label’s first UK signing. KWAYE brings a new kind of pop to the musical landscape, one rich with experience and its own identity. He is a remedy for formulaic pop records.