Coventry’s up-and-coming Afro soul artist Flaytones, of Zimbabwean descent, has a unique sound influenced by the Hip Hop and RnB he grew up listening to.
As a singer and producer, Flaytones has production credits on tracks by artists such as Pa Salieu, Boltz, N.I Santora, and Smuggzy Ace. He was featured on the Coventry anthem “Halo” by Breeze T.O.H, which GRM Daily picked up on the music video for.
Following the 2022 release of ‘No Regrets’ which stamped the artist’s own return to the scene, recent release ‘Shine My Way’ is straight to the point, offering an insight into Flaytones’ talent for DIY production. The track is bold and catchy, exploring the artist’s experience of the daily grind and enjoying the rewards from it.
A more distinct turn to the second half may have helped to give the final verses a renewed energy. But Flaytones’ experiment with different sounds, beats and inspirations in production shows promising signs for his solo project.
Three-piece alternative rock band, Hollows, based in Manchester, met in the city and formed the current line up in mid 2021.
Since then, each release has continuously boosted the profile of the group. So far the series of singles have met support from BBC Radio 6’s Steve Lamacq, Radio X’s John Kennedy, BBC Introducing, XS Manchester as well as editorial playlists on Apple Music.
On November 10, ‘Throne’ was released on Revolver Records. ‘Throne’ will instantly take you back to the days of 90’s alternate rock or the early pop punk sounds of the 00’s. Intense and powerful guitars drive the song alongside energetic vocals from frontman Sean Davies.
Hoping to release new music in 2024 after a second sell out show in Manchester, Hollows have much to look forward. They have a number of support slots for the likes of Space and Peter Hook and The Light, as well as a summer tour under their belts.
‘Throne’ will undoubtedly form part of their setlist and help kickstart any festival they attend next summer.
Hailing from West Hollywood, Lou Emery released her new single, ‘Fools’ on November 17. The recent successes of the disco pop groove ‘Instinctual’ and the edgier, pop rock sound of ‘Roots’ demonstrates that Emery won’t shy away from experimenting different genres.
Drawing on her experience with John Splithoff and award-winning composer Carlos Rivera (The Queen’s Gambit, Godless), the singer is hoping to continue modernising her sound. ‘Fools’ follows on more closely from ‘Roots’ as a fiery track accompanied by explosive electric guitars in the chorus.
The cynical themes and perspectives in the song allow for Emery to show her full range of vocals throughout. The power of Emery’s vocals shows the fight to keep going on despite the stresses that she contemplates in the track. Closing with as much punch as the song opens with, this is perhaps a fitting end for this pop rock artist on the rise.
Looking to secure their place amongst the UK’s top up and coming rock bands, Idle Tongues are back with ‘Hostage’. The single follows their debut release, ‘Crashing Down’.
‘Hostage’ makes an impressive second single for the band who recorded, produced and mixed the track themselves, intending to form a ‘dirty and raw’ track. Compared to the more delicate delivery of vocals seen in parts of ‘Crashing Down’, the aggressive instrumental of ‘Hostage’ allows frontwoman Natalie Allen to match this intensity.
The band stated that ‘Hostage’ is about the “craving of a tainted love that you’re chained to… explored through themes of desire and desperation”. In this regard, the most striking part of the song is definitely the breakdown and build up during the bridge that leads into a frenzy of a final chorus.
As the second of four singles due to drop in the next six months, ‘Hostage’ highlights both the individual talents of each band member as well as the synergy of Idle Tongues.
Having been a keen songwriter from the age of 8, Garlen Lo was born out of the pandemic after resuming his writing. Releasing several singles since February this year, the artist returned on October 26 with ‘Steve Rogers’.
The singalong, indie-style writing of Garlen Lo is admirable for its easy-listening quality. The simple structure of songs allows the artist to almost discuss his ideas and stories in more detail and through clever anecdotes.
Steve Rogers is “a song about being a superhero to the one you love… despite having no superpowers”. With references to specific superheroes, the song covers what you might do for that person – “if someone shoulder barges you… no more Dr. Banner, the specs are coming off.”
The video for its release on Youtube is well worth a watch, helping to capture the story of Lo’s latest single with Lego figures. The work of this indie songwriter makes a refreshing break away from the mainstream.