There is so much new music this month, with our usually Must Hear Mersey Music being packed to the brim. However, with an array of local LIMF artists releasing new music, we thought that we would let you know which Merseyside artists should be making your playlist in preparation for their sets at the Liverpool International Music Festival 2018.
Any Pop artists dream would be to have their song premiered by BBC Radio 1, but to have it played over and over again by Hugh Stephens is another level. That is exactly what has happened for Zuzu with her latest single, All Good. Taking to the It’s Liverpool Next Gen Stage on Saturday 21st July, this Indie Starlet will be delivering her raw, and undeniably ice cool, style of Indie Pop that you get from All Good.
Merseyside’s answer to The Weeknd returns to our speakers, and screens, with his latest video for Take A Picture. Sticking to his trademark moody style of R&B, Sub Blue creates an atmosphere in this video that would not look out of place rubbing shoulders on a playlist with the likes of Bryson Tiller and PARTYNEXTDOOR. Take A Picture comes from Sub’s debut EP that you can pre-order here.
Another artist on the It’s Liverpool Next Gen Stage, we have man of the hour, year and, what is looking like, decade, Jalen N’Gonda. With his debut EP, Talking About Mary, out now, you just have to watch his session for the innovative YouTube showcase, Colours. This vintage sounding, almost motown ballad of a track really shows off N’Gonda’s voice, especially in this particular session, as it iss just him and a microphone for you to focus on.
Fancy some down right infectious Indie? Of course you do, it’s a festival, and the feel good Indie anthems are what make festival season for a lot of us in the UK. Trudy & The Romance have been smashing the UK music scene recently, touring endlessly and taking part in a Maida Vale Session for the BBC! That’s big news and it is no wonder if you listen to their latest release, Is There A Place I Can Go? Catch these guys on the It’s Liverpool Next Gen Stage on Saturday 21st July.
Taking part in the “LIMF Academy Presents’ on the Central Stage and presented by our very own Jay Hynd, we have the ever quirky Gazelle. As part of the Sunday’s festivities Gazelle will be bringing her Pop/R&B/Indie crossover style to Sefton Park including this downbeat, minimalist release, Stay For The Night; a track that shows off her vocal and songwriting prowess through a simple arrangement and concept.
New Jr has shot up to become a local favourite amongst music fans in a very short space of time. His live sessions, which feature him taking to the saxophone, gave him immediate intrigue and now he releases his debut EP to show off his production and songwriting abilities in equal measure. Keeping his unique blend of Jazz and Electronica, Strang I is perfect summer listening, whether you’re blaring out of the car or using it as background chill music. You can catch him as part of the LIMF Academy.
Rivaling Trudy & The Romance for the most infectious Indie on this list, we have Spinn, also a contender for trendiest band on the list. This 4 piece have been hitting up the road non-stop, playing alongside local favourites such as Paris Youth Foundation, amongst an array of other shows. It’s fair to say that these guys are well versed in playing live, something that you will undoubtedly see on the It’s Liverpool Next Gen Stage on Sunday 22nd July, with an energy that you can see from their video for Who You Are.
Chosen as one of the LIMF Academy’s Most Ready, we have LIPA graduate, LUNA. Since releasing this latest single, Fire, things have not stopped for this Electronic artist as it is played on various UK radio stations whilst she is due to play her first European show, in Berlin. And now this; well, as one of the top 3 in the Academy, she well get a whole load of help in her career through master classes, a bursary and even a Philharmonic Collaboration. Listen to Fire on Spotify now.
Another artist that has been named one of the LIMF Academy’s Most Ready, KYAMI is a name that you might not have heard much from just yet as she is relatively new to the city. Coming from New York to study at LIPA, KYAMI delivers a brand of R&B/Hip Hop crossover that we are a little short of on Merseyside. Her vocal is luscious and the groove old-skool, making it easy to see what sets her apart to be one of the top 3 in the academy.
It wouldn’t be a festival without an injection of Rock, would it? This is the time to let your hair down and have your body taken over by the rhythm and energy that is coming from the stage. Well, if Pale Rider’s track, I Run On Rain, is anything to go by, then the It’s Liverpool Next Gen Stage is the place to be on Sunday 22nd July. These Indie Rockers deliver a brand of the good stuff that is perfect for festival season, but don’t take our word for it, check it out for yourself.
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