BAND OF THE WEEK – Kali Uchis

Soul-saturated pop singer hailing from Colombia, whose rich, silken vocals we can’t get enough of this week. I discovered her very recently, through her featuring on the new Gorillaz album in both ‘Ticker Tape’ and ‘She’s My Collar’, and her vocals in the latter are so outstanding that you’d be crazy not to go listen to her solo work afterwards. She released her debut album ‘Por Vida’ a couple of years ago, and its leisurely, classy sounds really fill a gap in the market next to Solange and NAO, but with luxurious jazz vocals like no other. An outstanding artist to get very excited about.

UPCOMER – Chris Kelly & Nicole Gibson

Montreal pop duo whose new single, ‘Ghost of You’, deserves a lot more listens. The pair started off their music careers through uploading a variety of covers on YouTube, ranging from Linkin Park to Leonard Cohen, but in the last couple of months have began recording and releasing their own originals. Their debut single ‘Out of the Dark’ is a vocal-driven, powerful song, blending piano and guitar in a way that mirrors their influences whilst reinventing it into their own style. Their recently released second single ‘Ghost of You’ is slightly softer then their debut, with a beautifully produced video to accompany it, and proves that they’re just as good – if not better – at writing their own tracks as they are at covering other songs. Look out for their upcoming ‘Out of the Dark’ EP!

UPCOMER – Eloïse

A singer/songwriter who we featured earlier this year as one of our ‘Sound of 2017’ artists to watch out for, and has only gone on to create further exciting music since then. Her enchantingly dark debut single ‘Studio54’ was extremly impressive, as was ‘Like the Way’, and her latest single ‘California’, doesn’t disappoint as a follow-up to these. Elegant, assertive, and with a vocal aura reminiscent of the luxurious sounds of First Aid Kit, it’s another incredible track boding very well for her upcoming debut EP ‘Marie Antoinette’. Look out for future London-based gigs from her this summer.

UPCOMER – LELO

Another top-notch local Leeds artist for you – the Northern cultural capital is bustling with brilliant music this year. This time, we’re introducing mellow dream-pop solo project LELO and his debut single ‘HOME’. ‘HOME’ is a slow, purely acoustic track, at once uplifting and nostalgia-provoking, and a perfect listen for lovers of musicians like Bear’s Den and Luke Sital-Singh – and perhaps providing a source of comfort during this slightly scary, post-election period of uncertainty. Look out for LELO’s debut EP to be released on July 10th and if you’re in Leeds, catch him at Oporto on July 16th.

Revision Soundtrack #5 – Baths

Baths’ weird, winding sounds are delicate enough to be background music, whilst being engaging enough to prevent any chance of you falling asleep during revision. ‘Animals’ and ‘Lovely Bloodflow’ are two of the most wonderful, timeless songs ever, incomparable to any other music forms, and I can’t recommend them highly enough.