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"Sensational" - The Sunday Times * "The new face of rock-n-roll royalty." - Wonderland *
"really fucking excellent" The 405
Originally from West Wales, Bryde is a London-based girl and electric guitar who sings fierce and fragile songs compared to the likes of Jeff Buckley, Sharon Van Etten and Nirvana.
Bryde’s music deals with human psychology and the darker side of broken relationships, but with an infectiously defiant and life-affirming quality. Angular electric guitars, and swirling melancholic broken chords with a dream-like quality, underpin the striking lyrics.
Single of the Week - Janice Forsyth, BBC Radio Scotland.
Me for Queen (aka Mary Erskine) is inspired by people and their stories. Growing up feral in rural Fife, in a big old house near the sea, she started writing songs at 13 (around the time she started dressing herself). Music was her method of making her mark (against four older siblings!) and getting out of doing the washing-up.
Having recently toured with 'Celticana' giants Lewis & Leigh, the live circuit is where Mary's brand of soul-folk is thriving, her previous two London shows selling out ahead of time.
Citing influences such as Bon Iver, London Grammar, Daughter and The XX as hugely inspirational, VARLEY continues to make music that is steeped in a classic singer-songwriter and folk heritage, but at the same time retains a contemporary sound.
Formed on the way home after a night out bowling, VARLEY consist of vocalist Claire-Ann Varley, and multi-instrumentalists Matthias Heising and Joschka Bender. Their debut single Roamer reached #23 in the Spotify Viral Charts, boasting 1.5 million plays to date with editorial support from tastemakers such as and Born music and iheartmoosiq were swift to follow.
KYOTI are the thinking man's pop. A powerhouse of disparate influences - jazz, folk, and pop - KYOTI create rich soundscapes of synths and beats, interlaced with thoughtful lyricism. Having exploded onto the London live music scene in 2017 with their debut EP ‘Orbit’ and follow up single ‘Avalon’ the trio are returning with new single ‘Levitating’ recorded with Adam Lunn at Wendyhouse Studios. KYOTI have had previous support from online press including Clash, TMRW, Indie Shuffle, Complex, and major Spotify playlists such as ‘Indie Pop’ and ‘New Music Friday Italia’. With a theatrical and energetic live show, and a slew of new material in the chamber, KYOTI continue to be ones to watch in 2019.
Just in Time is the debut release by Magpie Blue aka 19 year old Millie Hanlon-Cole. Born on the Scottish Borders, Millie now lives in Edinburgh where she has produced two tracks with Rod Jones of Idlewild. Originally singing just using her quiet Falsetto (head voice) she discovered her distributive chest voice at 14 and hasn't looked back. Reminiscent of Anna Calvi, Jeff Buckley, Joan Armatrading and Lucy Dacus but with a very original sound of her own, Magpie Blue's deep vibrato is showcased to it's full potential on this debut single.
Already a proficient live performer Millie's first show was at 15 in a pub in Peebles before where she mostly sang songs about missing her dog and stared at her feet. Last year she supported Fenne Lily, Bryde and Sam Evian and played a Music for Youth show at The Royal Albert Hall in London.
“Hell” is one hell of a debut. We’re hopeful the wait for future material isn’t a long one! " Line Of Best Fit
"She’s wise beyond her years & this tune is so captivating that it’ll be sure to turn heads across the musical spectrum." We Close Tonight
Hell is the debut single by Bath-based Little Rêd (aka Ellie James). Co-written with singer-songwriter and producer Ed Tullett (solo artist, producer and long-time collaborator with Novo Amor). Little Rêd’s music is emotionally-charged Electro-Pop likened to Tove Lo, Kate Bush & Maggie Rogers.
Birmingham-born, London-based singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Rookes specialises in brooding yet soaring pop that features a propulsive rhythm and shimmering guitar-based grooves paired with Bulcraig’s mesmerizing vocals.
Reminiscent of the likes of Flock of Dimes or Robyn with vocals echoing the rich tone of Annie Lennox, with songwriting that manages to be ambitious and arena rock friendly while possessing an uncanny intimacy.
"The best thing to come out of Birmingham since the Aston Expressway" - God Is In The TV
"Unmatched in quality" - It's All Indie
"Gripping... Infectious" - Variance Magazine
"A compulsive piece of contemporary pop" - Adam Walton, BBC Wales
"Genuine emotion and melancholic lyrics uplifted by the dance flecked-pop of 80s inspired production." Line of Best Fit
With aural nods to Cocteau Twins and Mirage-era Fleetwood Mac, Mere Child has been compared to Vaults and Robyn. Dark & fragile, yet soaring and cinematic music.
Aimee Herbert-Smith has been making music her whole life, but took time out when her personal life became traumatic. On beginning to make music again, she says: “I felt the need to start doing it in a different way. Going solo at seemed fitting with the content of the songs - more vulnerable and anxiety-driven.”