As Spring hastily approaches, Atlanta native AIR APPARENT returns with a delightfully warm electro-pop single ‘Asking You’ – serving as the perfect love anthem to jump into warmer weather.
‘Asking You’ is a lively shift in tempo from AIR APPARENT’s conventional relaxed soundscapes. As the single’s luminous bassline is swiftly met with mellifluous vocals, lush synths collide with an oscillating percussion line to create the ultimate playful melody for a love-inspired track.
The Indian-American DJ and producer has only just begun to make his mark on the dance music world since the release of his 2018 debut EP ‘Imaginary’. AIR APPARENT’s standout single ‘Your Love’ is a dreamy love boasting track that has amassed over 60,000 plays on Soundcloud alone and is a true testament to the young artist’s transcendent production capabilities. With a summer EP currently in the works, AIR APPARENT shows no signs of slowing down and will continue to prove his progressive artistic prowess while working to solidify his standing as the breakout electronic artist of 2019. Stay up-to-date with everything Air Apparent is up to by following his socials for news about upcoming music, albums, tour dates and much more.
‘MY2‘ – or Murder You 2 – is a remarkable introduction to an incredibly special new artist: TS Graye. At just seventeen years old, the Bristol singer-songwriter packs an almighty punch with her first release; powerful, smoky vocals glide atop smooth beats and neat production touches, with dark yet humorous lyricism inspired by her love of horror movies (fact: if she wasn’t a musician, she’d be pursuing a career as a makeup artist for horror shows).
Produced by Louis Mattrs, who she met online, ‘MY2’ is the first track from an EP due in October. In TS Graye’s words, “I wrote MY2 after finding out that someone I loved had broken my trust. It reflects the different and conflicting emotions I felt in the aftermath of that situation. At first, I play it off and try to fool myself that I’m cool with what has happened, but, in reality, I’m angry and hurting, hence the aggressive switch in the lyrics and production. I think you have to acknowledge and work through those feelings to accept the shit that happens and leave it in the past.“
Growing up in the West Country, TS Graye’s influences never strayed far from home; trip hop and the sounds of neighbouring Bristol (e.g. Massive Attack, Tricky, Portishead) play out heavily in her music, but true to her generation she discovered most of the music she loves online (she references Lana Del Rey, Banks, Post Malone and Drake and her sound invokes likeness to greats Rihanna, SZA, Alicia Keysand Jorja Smith). Self-taught, TS Graye learned how to produce and play piano from her bedroom and has been writing two songs a week since she was thirteen.
Despite spanning genres, exploring multiple perspectives, and experimenting with different vocal styles, ‘MY2′ works; it is natural, smooth and believable, showcasing a sophistication that belies her age. TS Graye’s intricate lyricism must also not be overlooked. With this single, she engages wordplay and double entendre – the line “guess I have to murder you 2” has multiple meanings, as does “f*ck with your beauty“.
Living in a small town encouraged TS Graye to explore the bounds of her creativity, and nowadays her passions outside of music include experimenting with make-up and working on a zine, which she has put into print ready to distribute alongside the release of her first pieces of original material.
The debut single ‘MY2‘ (“This ain’t just a heartbreak, this ain’t just a heartache…”) will be closely followed by next release ‘Rich Or Poor’ (“I don’t care about the past no more, just tell me that you love me…”). Sincere, evocative, relevant and inspired: TS Graye is an artist full of promise.
Bri Tolani described as “Breathy Kate Bush meets Sarah Barthel vocals and fluorescent lush radiance come at us like a fusion of M83, Chvrches, and The Jezabels.” – I Heart Moosiq.
“With their own unique blend of neon pop and electronica that would effortlessly fit into any John Hughes soundtrack!” – The Daily Listening (Pick of the Week)
“Ethereal vocals come together with intense synth pop melodies.” – Diamond Deposit
‘Easy Line’ is the debut single from Sol Flare and the perfect introduction to their 80s-inspired electro pop. Euphoric synths, a driving beat and glacial guitars provide the perfect backdrop to a soaring, soulful vocal. The single is released on XX April via iTunes, Spotify and Bandcamp.
The collaborations solidified when Dom met singer Jenny Jones. Having previously supported The Cure and New Order with Cumbrian rock five-piece Birds vs Planes, she easily gelled with the new 80s inspired material. They were later joined by guitarist Matt Marlow who brought his collection of effects pedals and love of shoegaze from his previous bands, The Prison Library and Waiting for Winter.
With the lineup complete, Sol Flare have received airplay from 6 Music, Amazing Radio and BBC Cumbria for their tracks ‘Not Holding On’, ‘Find You’ and ‘Hide’, supported the likes of Dream Wife, Lisbon Kid, EKKOES and Empathy Test, and played the Blue Dot and Kendal Calling festivals. The band also recently filmed a session for London Live to promote the single along with live dates across the UK.