Let it flow

Let it flow

Despite having played bass with LA band Warpaint for over a decade and co-created and toured acclaimed records like The Fool, Jenny Lee Lindberg - also known as jennylee - approached the idea of fronting her own project with wariness. She didn’t like her voice. When I meet her a year or so later in London, glassy eyed from jetlag and sipping a large takeaway coffee, her solo debut right on! is on the cusp of being released. So what changed?

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Little Simz behind the wheel

Little Simz behind the wheel

Only a week has passed since the UK rapper Little Simz released her debut album A Curious Tale of Trials + Persons on her independent label Age 101. It's an achievement music industry officials had always told her was impossible--despite her 50,000 Soundcloud followers and praise from hip hop giants like Mos Def, Snoop Dogg and Kendrick Lamar. During a drive through London, Simz tells me about her independent strive for success.

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Vulnerable doesn't hurt

Vulnerable doesn't hurt

When Rosie Lowe was studying music in London, she felt like she was the only student on the course who lacked a distinct sound. Nearing the end of her last year, she decided to step away from her specialisms--piano and guitar--learnt production instead, and began using her low yet light vocals as an instrument. Fast forward a few years and it's Rosie's sound of soul and stripped-back electronica that shines through. When we meet at the start of summer, the musician is polishing off her awaited debut album, the first big release since her breakthrough EP Right Thing in 2013. 

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Carried by the melody

Carried by the melody

Often simplistically described as thoroughly bleak and troubled, the force of Marika Hackman's songwriting instead lies in its ability to sustain the tension between light and dark elements by altering the meaning of a song through its melody. Her debut album We Slept At Last, released earlier in the year, was written intensively over a two-month period, in the aftermath of an emotionally challenging year. I spoke to the experimental folk musician about growth and the challenge of conjuring up songs out of nowhere.

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