About VC Pines
Following on from his 2020 collection Skully, Concrete is more of a reflection of his environment after finding himself locked down in the capital over the last year. The months spent in isolation gave him more of a nostalgic and personal outlook on the world, which he ended up channelling into his latest EP.
Xadi is a West London musician, rapper and producer, who has begun to garner a reputation for his unique songwriting ability and honest, soulful lyrical expression. His music is versatile and not easily categorized, deftly blending elements of hip-hop, R&B, jazz, grime and other genres. Xadi's work has drawn airplay and support from DJs on some of the UK's leading platforms such as Radio 1, BBC 1xtra, Reprezent, Rinse and more and has also picked up press coverage from the likes of The Guardian, Complex, Clash and Noctis. Xadi is now at a very interesting point now in the first quarter 2021, with his sound developing with each of his releases and more eyes than ever tuned into his work; he was recently selected to be a part of Reprezent Radio's "Facing Forward 2021" campaign, highlighting artists to watch over 2021, and was also in iluvlive's 2021 Hotlist Top 10.
About Olivia Dean
For Olivia Dean, a summer without live music wasn’t an option. Making good on the community spirit of early lockdown and her empowered, do-it-yourself upbringing, the rising East London star teamed up with Clarks to present The “From Me To You” Tour – a self-contained, open-fronted yellow truck that allowed her to share her soulful voice with fans right across the coast. It was a way for Dean to maintain the momentum she has been building ever since her poignant debut single “Reason to Stay” caught the eye of London Label AMF. Since, she’s amassed over 8 million streams on Spotify alone.
Drawing on the emotional pop songwriting that soundtracked her youth, her latest project What Am I Going to Do on Sundays? wasn’t initially intended to be a break-up EP, but has ended up answering many of the questions that Dean has been asking herself in this year of intense self-reflection. But the self-education of Olivia Dean doesn’t stop with her romantic relationships. Knowing her worth and singing about it too, the soft jazz of new single “Echo” could well be about a boy, but it also applies to a host of situations in life where we look to those around us for emotional reassurance and equitable support, particularly during tough times.
It’s a fitting soundtrack as Dean explores the relationship she has with herself and the world, thrown into sharp relief under 2020’s heightened conversation surrounding Black Lives Matter. Though What Am I Going to Do On Sundays? may come from a difficult year, it’s a lasting testament to Dean’s endearing storytelling, the heartfelt-yet-humble disclosure that is guaranteed to make her a star. From her ingenious truck tour to her role-model potential, it seems she is fast becoming an artist who knows exactly how to draw a silver lining from even the darkest of clouds.
About Bow Anderson
A distinctive new artist, Bow Anderson was born and bred on the east side of Edinburgh. As a teenager Bow took part in competitive trampolining, training with people who went on to be part of Team GB before a freak accident put a halt to her competing at the National Championships (“I almost lost my leg,” she shrugs today). But as the body she had bet her future on proved fallible, Bow found her voice. During her rehabilitation, Anderson’s father would sing with her each night to help her get to sleep, which led to Bow moving to London after her recovery to hustle making music.
Today, Bow's songs appear as inspired by the work ethic and bombast of classic soul as they are by the attitude and production of modern R&B; cut through with frank, warts-and-all lyrics, which turn adversity (whether romantic, physical or emotional) into a source of strength.
About Aaron Smith
Aaron Smith’s music sounds so bucolic, so natural, that it encourages you to think of something beautiful, almost pastoral. The reality, though, is a little harsher. He grew up in the small Scottish town of Polmont, a kind of nowhere zone 50 miles outside of Glasgow. The songwriter’s journey, his experiences of both love and trauma, fuel an incredible new EP. His debut EP is the work of a bold, singular voice, one that wants to speak truths but also find as wide an audience as possible – it recalls Bon Iver but also Keane; it harbours the pensive approach of RY X, but also the sheer will to communicate of Coldplay’s Chris Martin.
About Matilda Mann
Growing up as an only child in west London, 20-year-old Matilda found herself soaking up her parent’s musical taste, which led to her to writing her first song aged 11. She has been writing ever since, her debut EP If That Makes Sense inspired by notes taken from conversations with friends, or those overheard during tube rides and whilst working in a pub. Her EP sees her working with the likes of Rich Cooper (Billie Martin, Lucy Rose, Mystery Jets) and Matt Maltese.
Championed by the likes of BBC Introducing, COLORS and Mahogany, Matilda sold out her debut London headline show at Servant’s Jazz Quarters earlier this year as well as previously playing tour support for the likes of Arlo Parks, Beabadoobee and The Staves, whilst Glastonbury Festival revealed Matilda as third place their coveted Emerging Talent Competition for 2020.
About Alfie Templeman
The Bedfordshire-born teen, self-taught on 10 different instruments, has enjoyed a meteoric rise and cemented his place as one of UK indie’s brightest lights with swathes of support from Absolute ‘20s, BBC Radio 1 (amassing over 200 plays at the station), BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 6 Music, Apple Music 1, Radio X, Virgin and more. The title track from the acclaimed Happiness in Liquid Form EP and subsequent single "Obvious Guy" received strong support from BBC Radio 1 DJs such as Annie Mac and Jack Saunders, culminating in two consecutive C-List playlistings at the station, closely followed by a B-List addition for "Forever Isn’t Long Enough," which was also Greg James’s Tune of the Week. "Forever Isn’t Long Enough" was also daytime playlisted by Radio X (after being made Record of the Week), Virgin and Absolute ‘20s.