8 new tracks by Liverpool musicians you need to hear
We have chosen 8 new tracks from local Liverpool musicians we think you should be checking out. From beautiful Christmas songs to collaborations with drum n’ bass chart stars, once again proving Liverpool really is the capital of music.
1.Katy Alex – Light
Having just been crowned the winner of Merseyrail Sound Station 2015, it is looking like 2016 could be Katy Alex’s year. Katy has already been a part of the LIMF Academy and is currently studying at LIPA. She wrote ‘Light’ for a friend was having a tough time of it and we think you will agree it is pretty special. We played the track on Juice three weeks ago and ever since it is the most requested tune on our show from any local artist.
2. Sigma featuring Jetta – Slow Down
Yes we know Sigma aren’t from these parts, in fact it was Leeds University that was the backdrop for this drum and bass duo’s formation. But the guest vocalist on this track is from Liverpool and surely one of the biggest talents to come form the city in recent years. At just 26 years old she has performed with Paloma Faith and Cee Lo Green, collaborated with none other than Pharrel Williams and her latest single ‘Take it Easy’ (Matstubs remix) has already had over 300,000 plays on her sound cloud page, oh and her Mum runs the amazing Sense of Sound Choir here in Liverpool. Jetta features on Sigma’s debut album ‘Life’ on this little belter, it is called ‘Slow Down’ and available right now.
3. Mono LP’s – Christmas Time
Mono LP’s are one of our favourite local bands consisting of Ste on vocals, Chris on bass, Dan on drums and on the cello, yes the cello, is Vicky. The gang have put together a beautiful Christmas song which was first performed on The Guide Liverpool this time last year. 12 months later and it is now being released with proceeds going to Pancreatic Cancer UK, a cause extremely close to lead singer Ste’s heart after losing his Mum to the disease. Please support it and go buy it from December 11th, it is stunning.
4. MIC Lowry – Bad Intentions
It has been a busy year for our favourite Liverpool vocal harmony group. Playing the Central Stage of LIMF, teaming up with Wiley, playing three shows at Glastonbury, trending worldwide, oh and winning… a MOBO! We are certain 2016 will be the year in which they reach even higher grounds with their music, and the top of the charts loom for one of the hardest working bands in the city. They have released a new video for their track ‘Bad Intentions’ and we love it.
5. Taya x Sango – Fingerprints
She is tipped for big things in 2016 having been working in L.A for the past few months crafting her music and building up a reputation as real ‘one to watch’. Taya has also just signed a publishing deal with BMG and has recently played back home for Liverpool Soul Fest. As well as that she has been a featured artist on 1Xtra and worked with producers that have penned tracks for Michael Jackson, Beyonce & Whitney Houston, and performed alongside Nile Rogers at Hyde Park. Her most recent of tracks is a collaboration with Seattle born producer Sango. To us it is well ahead of its time, sophisticated, smooth and seductive. Listen to ‘Fingerprints’ below and watch out for Taya in 2016.
6. Wesley Hughes Feat. Jennie Walsh – Christmas Time
Another Christmas song and another stunning track. This time lead singer from Liverpool electro-rock group, Filter Distortion, Wesley Hughes has put a song together to raise money for UNICEF. With him on the track is Liverpool singer Jennie Walsh, who’s vocal is incredible. Who needs Michael Buble and Mariah Carey at Crimbo when you can listen to music like this, and best of all, made in Liverpool. The track is available for just £1 so go support it using the link below.
7. Louis Berry – 45
What a year it has been for this Kirkby rock n’ roll star. He won the prestigious one to watch title at the GIT Awards in Liverpool, played LIMF, Live at Leeds and The Great Escape, released his debut EP, received tonnes of national airplay and about to go out on a headline tour. He plays East Village Arts Club on 23rd January and trust us you won’t want to miss it. ’45’ is his brand new single and is simply superb.
8. Stephen Langstaff – Bold Street
We all love a local reference in a song, and no more so than right here in Liverpool. When that local reference is about one of our most loved and famous streets, even better. It has been a busy one for Stephen Langstaff, releasing the amazing ‘Sirens’ at the start of the year, performances at Hope Fest, Liverpool Loves and two sold our shows at LEAF, throw in two national headline tours and a writing session in Nashville and you have Ste’s 2015. God knows what 2016 will bring, but we expect big things. Check out ‘Bold Street’ below.