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UK Artist of the Week: Love Malison

Transport yourself back to the ’90s through the grunge-tinged soundscapes of London’s Love Malison. The four-piece recently released their epic new single “Pseudo,” and we love it so much, we’ve made them our UK Artist of the Week.

Having been formed at the onset of the worldwide pandemic, Love Malison didn’t have the smoothest of starts. Working remotely, they exchanged ideas online and began to create a number of songs they would go onto release after the lockdown.

One of those is “Pseudo.” A scuzzy, grooving alt-rock song that blends the funk-metal of early Faith No More, with the visceral sonics of Deftones and the industrial-influenced rock of Filter. Lyrically, the band take aim at artists who write pseudo-political songs less so for the message and more so for amount of likes they’ll receive on social media.

Love Malison have already made their mark on the London rock scene. Their vociferous live show has seen them build a dedicated fanbase and culminated in the band headlining the prestigious Camden Rocks Festival last month. With more singles to be released this year, we’ll certainly be keeping out eye out for what this exciting band conjure up next.

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UK Artist of the Week: Miss Leading

This week’s Artist of The Week comes all the way from New Zealand. Miss Leading is a songwriter, producer, and poet who creates powerfully poignant music with an important message. Her latest single “Woke” is in response to the Black Lives Matter movement.

The single is an evocative slice of experimental pop channelling the likes of FKA twigs. The music is dark, brooding, and ambient, complimenting Miss Leading’s distinctive vocal style and emotive lyricism perfectly.

The single also features a video where we see Miss Leading cutting off her hair in a white room. Of the video, she explains, “the symbol of haircutting is that of ‘a thousand tiny cuts’—that accumulation of constant prejudice and its impact. It is also about pulling back the nice dressing to reveal something that makes people uncomfortable.”

Miss Leading is of Indian and Scottish heritage. She has founded the Eastern Sound Collective, a network of Wellington musicians who aim to support Asian artists who are underrepresented in western music. Pretty impressive stuff if you ask us!

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UK Artist of the Week: Amal Fashanu

Amal Fashanu has already had an extremely successful, colourful, and influential career as a TV presenter, journalist, and activist—and now she moves her way into the music industry with new single “Detty December,” out now.

The single is the first song to be released from Amal’s upcoming EP “New Beginnings,” due for release later this year. The single is an infectious slice of R&B infused, Afrobeat goodness that arrives just in time for the summer months.

The single’s music video is also out now, which was shot in Accra, Ghana and tells the tale of a broken hearted girl reclaiming her power. This one’s an anthem for anyone who needs to be reminded of their self worth.

Amal Fashanu is definitely “one to watch” if “Detty December” is anything to go by, so watch this space…

“Detty December” is in stores now.

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UK Artist of the Week: Pretty Fierce

With Little Mix on indefinite hiatus it means there’s plenty of room in the UK for a new girl band to follow in their footsteps. Could Pretty Fierce be the ones to take the baton? Their debut single “Ready For Me” certainly shows promise and we’re excited to see what their movements are next.

“Ready For Me” is an infectious slice of pop-tinged R&B that immediately takes us right back to the noughties. Channeling the likes of Mis-Teeq, Pretty Fierce combine killer harmonies with some stellar sass and attitude, creating a sound that is vibrant and full of swag. Vocalist and rapper Katrina-Marie’s verse in the middle eight is particularly impressive, giving Alesha Dixon a run for her money, that’s for sure.

Pretty Fierce consists of Katrina-Marie, Georgie Ryan, Ayanda Mthethwa, and Macey Pick. “Ready For Me” is released via MackLife Records, an imprint owned by multi-platinum recording artist Mark Morrison. Who knows which artist is going to fill the pop-shaped hole in the UK right now, but Pretty Fierce could well be on their way…

“Ready For Me” is in stores now via MackLife Records.

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UK Artist of the Week: WYSE

WYSE is a producer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist who hails from the South Coast of England. Her dynamic, layered alt-rock sound is perfectly illustrated on latest single, “Run Away,” and we are delighted to make her our UK Artist of the Week.

“Run Away” combines angular guitar and pumping percussion as the track undulates throughout. Accented by WYSE’s aggressive lyricism and unique vocal, “Run Away” is a fiercely driven alternative modern rock song.

WYSE received a well of press support for her debut EP “Anomolies” from BBC Radio to Atwood magazine in the States. “Run Away” is one of a number of singles to be released as the talented artist prepares to unveil sophomore EP, “Allusions.”

“Run Away” is in stores now and is taken from the “Allusions” EP, out 29th July.

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UK Artist of the Week: Steve Young

Steve Young is a Scottish singer-songwriter who’s eclectic taste in music, allied to his ability to play a multitude of instruments, marks him out as an artist to keep an eye on. Following from his debut single “Endlessly Changing” last year, the musician has dropped his latest single “Last Supper” and he is deservedly named this week’s UK Artist of The Week.

Taking cues from the classic songwriters of the past, ranging from the rock leanings of Tom Petty to the pop sensibilities of The Beatles, Steve has combined these influences with music closer to home to the likes of Del Amitri.

The result is a sound that Steve can rightly call his own and one that will transcend his own borders and appeal to music lovers far and wide. Earthy, earnest and heartfelt, “Last Supper” is dripping with melodic hooks, a memorable chorus, and the soothing tones of Steve’s vocals.

With two singles under his belt, Steve is aiming to continue the momentum created with further single release throughout 2022. It’s certainly something we at TVDHQ are looking forward to hearing.

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UK Artist of the Week: Lena Hessels

This week’s Artist of The Week comes all the way from the Netherlands and we must admit, we’re impressed. Dutch newcomer Lena Hessels recently released her new single “my baby’s belly”; a woozy indie-electro delight that feels both innovative and evocative.

Channelling the likes of Sylvan Esso and Julia Holter, “my baby’s belly” combines intricate electronics with intimate vocals and a captivating musicality creating a sound that is undeniably stunning. This is Lena’s first “intentional love song,” which perhaps suggests her previous releases have been unintentional? Who knows, but we’re invested.

“my baby’s belly” is the first single to be taken from Lena’s upcoming sophomore EP, which will be out later this year so keep your ears peeled!

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UK Artist of the Week: Josie Beth

British newcomer Josie Beth won’t leave a dry eye in the house with the release of her stunningly intimate new single “Wish I Could Too,” out now.

Josie sends shivers down our spines with the release if her stunningly captivating new single “Wish I Could Too.” Combining indie-folk and Americana-infused sensibilities, Josie creates a sound that feels both retro and refreshing. Fans of the likes of Phoebe Bridgers and Maisie Peters will certainly feel at home here.

Currently based in Essex, Josie Beth is just beginning her musical career but we have no doubt we’ll be hearing plenty more from the young songstress.

“Wish I Could Too” is out now.

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UK Artist of the Week: Bay Bryan

This week’s Artist of the Week is Bay Bryan, an emerging singer-songwriter who is equally comfortable as their drag persona, Queen Bayard. They recently released their enchanting new single “Sweet Joan” and it’s a rather delightful listen if you ask us.

Combining alt-folk with baroque-pop sensibilities,”Sweet Joan” is a charming little ditty that instantly soothes the soul. Bay’s soft, emotive vocal is at the forefront, accented beautifully by undulating viola and clarinet. The song follows the story of a sorceress who risks her own life to save her mortal lover Joan from a mysterious and magical illness.

The track is taken from Bay’s upcoming debut concept album, The Meadow, due for release in 2023.

“Sweet Joan” is in stores now.

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UK Artist of the Week: Annie Elise

Electronic producer Annie Elise is changing the game of electronic music and we’re so here for it. This newcomer is inspired by her synesthesia—she sees sounds and hears colours—and her debut EP “Breathe In, Breathe Out” is the perfect introduction to what we hope is just the beginning for this impressive young producer.

Taken from the EP is her latest single “Too Scared To Ask,” an R&B-infused, celestial slice of seductively smooth electro-pop that is perfect listening for the warmer summer months. Throughout the EP, Annie creates wonderfully ambient tones akin to the likes of Robyn and Shura, as well as fellow producers such as Kaytranada.

Unfortunately, it’s no secret that women in production seem like a rare occurrence. Currently, only 2% of chart topping songs are being produced by women, and Annie is here to change that. She’s ready to be the role model that she unfortunately didn’t receive growing up, and we’re ready to support her in any way we can.

“Breathe In, Breathe Out” is in stores now.

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UK Artist of the Week: Luke De-Sciscio

Previously known for his traditionally folky soundscapes, British artist Luke De-Sciscio is now back with an excitingly eclectic new sound.

Luke’s latest single “Happy to be Here (I might die tomorrow)” is quite distinctive as it feels like you’ve travelled back in time to some sort of Medieval era. Baroque-pop stylings are met with Luke’s more known-for folk-rock elements, creating something truly unique. This is the second single to be taken from Luke’s upcoming album The Banquet, due for release on 24th June 2022.

Those who may be more familiar with Luke’s previous releases may struggle to come to grips with his new direction initially, but we’re sure as more releases come out of the woodwork, he’ll continue to charm with his poetic lyricism and imaginative musicality.

“Happy to be Here (I might die tomorrow)” is in stores now via AntiFragile Music.

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UK Artist of the Week: heddlu

Welsh artist heddlu—aka Rhodri Daniel—has dropped his impressive debut single “Daw Etu Haul,” in stores now. It is the first release to be taken from his promising debut EP, which will be out later this year and we’re already feeling rather invested to be honest.

TVD readers may be aware of Rhodri’s already impressive musical repertoire as one half of renowned Welsh band Estrons. Since finishing the band, it seems Rhodri isn’t quite ready to give up on his musical dreams, but heddlu’s sound is pretty far removed from the raucous alt-rock soundscapes that fans mainly know him for. “Daw Etu Haul” is performed completely in the Welsh language, with electrifying synths taking centre stage amongst euphoric strings, creating a sound akin to the likes of Chemical Brothers.

As a result of years of touring on the live circuit, Rhodri’s hearing ended top taking a bit of a hit and got severely damaged. He ended up being diagnosed with hearing loss, tinnitus, and severe sensitivity to noise. After a chance encounter with a local recording engineer, Rhodri was inspired anew, and heddlu was born. “Daw Eto Haul” translates to “the sun will rise again,” a mantra that offers Rhodri a great deal of comfort and hope.

“Daw Etu Haul” is in stores now.

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UK Artist of the Week: Dekker

Dekker—aka Brookln Dekker—is an American indie-folk artist now based in the UK and he definitely deserves your attention. Having just dropped his new single “Supposed To Be A Friend” and with a new album on the horizon, now seems like a better time than any to feature this fine fellow as our next Artist of The Week right here on The Vinyl District.

Reminiscent of the likes of Bon Iver or Nick Mulvey, there’s a warm sense of familiarity oozing from Dekker’s music instantly. His honey-like vocals fit in perfectly with the rich indie-folk sensibilities, whilst the hypnotic drums beats and celestial harmonies integrate the single into more contemporary soundscapes akin to the likes of RY X.

“Supposed To Be A Friend’” is taken from Dekker’s upcoming sophomore album I Won’t Be Your Foe, due for release on 20th May 2022 via Useful Fictions / Wagram Music. Dekker’s next single “Let’s Pretend” is in stores on 7th April 2022, so watch this space…

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UK Artist of the Week: Molly Burman

London-based singer-songwriter Molly Burman shows her vulnerable side on her charming new single “Pretty Girl,” out now.  

We can all struggle with loving ourselves and it’s easy to compare ourselves to others, but Molly Burman reminds us self-admiration comes from within on her powerful new single “Pretty Girl.” The release is a celestial slice of bedroom-pop that is delicately weaved and perfectly encapsulates the narrative of the song.

Talking about the single, Molly elaborates, “I wrote ‘Pretty Girl’ a few years ago desperately trying to become what I thought was ‘perfect.’ I wanted to be the girl that I heard being spoken about in songs and books, so I would dress myself in things that made me feel uncomfortable and would spend hours looking in the mirror imagining my body to look a different way, but that just made me feel further and further away from the ‘pretty girls.’

Over time I started to realise that I could only truly be pretty when I felt it; when I was doing things that I loved, wearing colourful clothes and not trying to be someone else. This song is about being completely yourself and feeling absolutely beautiful while doing it.”

“Pretty Girl” is in stores now.

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UK Artist of the Week: Kid Cupid

Indie-electro outfit Kid Cupid return with the release of their euphoric new single “Out of The Sun,” and it’s quite the comeback if you ask us. The single is the first to be taken from their upcoming sophomore EP “Heartlands,” due for release on 1st April 2022.

The single is oozing with jangling guitar twangs and celestial synths, creating a sound that is undeniably impressive as the collective merge indie and electronic sensibilities effortlessly. Front woman Laura Shaw’s beautifully hushed vocals channel the legendary Stevie Nicks, whilst musically their sound is more akin to that of London Grammar or The xx.

Kid Cupid originally formed in London in 2017 as a four-piece and have since reformed as a collective with Laura (vocals) and James Hogan (production, percussion) at its core. “Out of The Sun” is a prime example of the sonically alluring vignettes that are to come from the group and I, for one, can’t wait to hear more.

“Out of The Sun” is in stores now.

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