Folklore's Top 5: Monthly Playlist Highlights
September is in full swing, bringing a last-ditch effort from the sun, and a fresh batch of beloved tracks for the Folklore Sessions' playlists...
As we bid a bittersweet farewell to those long, lazy days of summer, we've curated another five gems that we can't wait to share with you. Despite the current heatwave, our minds are already drifting to cooler days, comfy sweaters, and the gentle rustling of leaves beneath our feet.
Join us as we explore the songs that have captured our hearts and set the tone for this season of change.
Orange - Martha Eve
London-born and Brighton-based songwriter Martha Eve is already a firm favourite at Folklore HQ, having thoroughly impressed everyone in the audience at our monthly showcase back in May. Soulful and jazzy, this talented act's bedroom-pop sound has already caught the attention of Radio 1, Radio 6 and BBC Introducing.
Orange from Martha Eve's debut EP, "Disposable Girl," is the perfect dreamy send-off for our summer months. With its soft vocals and warm embrace, the track welcomes you into Martha Eve's musical world - we can guarantee you'll find yourself transported to a place where time slows down, and the fading sun casts a calming orange hue on everything it touches.
Homerton Ocean View - Seye Adelekan
Seye Adelekan is a London based multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer best known for being the bass player in animated, multi-media band Gorillaz. He has also played with/recorded with such acts as Paloma Faith, KT Tunstall, The Noisettes, Ellie Goulding, Mumford and Sons, Baaba Maal, La Roux, The Very Best and Africa Express.
As the second single from his eagerly anticipated EP, Homerton Ocean View wastes no time in casting its spell. Seye's smooth vocals dance effortlessly around the instrumentation, holding your attention with unwavering precision. The song strikes a perfect balance between grandeur and restraint, showcasing Seye's artistry in creating a sound that demands repeated listening. Sure enough, this track has remained a constant presence at our HQ since its release earlier this month. Prepare to be entranced!
Twin Lakes - Bewilder
Bewilder, a musical duo hailing from Southampton, consists of the dynamic vocalist/guitarist George Brooks and the versatile multi-instrumentalist Thom Wilkinson. Having started their musical partnership over a decade ago, this Southampton duo has crafted a signature sound that marries raw, unfiltered energy with the precision and maturity that can only blossom through years of collaboration
Atmospheric and alluring, Twin Lakes is a beautifully considered piece of indie-rock, with strong roots in a folkier sound. Layered but never muddled, the song hits us with nostalgia for the lo-fi emo-sound of the early noughties, whilst still retaining a unique sound that we can't wait to hear more of.
Stupid Words - Bellza
Bellza is an emerging 18 year old singer songwriter hailing from Hastings in England (UK), who draws influences from folk inspired acts such as Elliot Smith and Sufjan Stevens and contemporary sonic explorers such as The Flaming Lips. The young and independent British artist creates her own distinct brand of melancholic indie-folk.
Taken from her debut album 'Goldfish' and self-produced within the confines of her home, Stupid Words is a floating, lo-fi masterpiece. With an addictive dusting of psychedelia and direct lyrics that hit straight to the gut, Bellza exhibits a sophistication and a confidence beyond her years. We truly can't wait to hear what direction Bellza's experimentation takes her in next.
Head Down - Steven Bamidele
Seven Bamidele is a London-based singer, songwriter, and producer. With influences ranging from Marvin Gaye and Radiohead to Lianne La Havas and Solange, Steven crafts his own unique and intricate sound, combining synth textures, syncopated beats, and reverb-drenched falsetto to create psychedelic forward-thinking soul.
Head Down is an electrifying and anthemic neo-soul tribute to the introspective realm of life on the sidelines, exploring his relationship with his late father, his mixed-race heritage, and his feelings of displacement. Listen, we could shout about Steven Bamidele for days on end, but we can't stress enough how much you need to go play to his freshly-released album 'Summing Up'. This is an artist that has truly come into their own sound and we just know there are going to be some thoroughly deserved opportunities on the horizon for him.
"So if you don't really like my tone
The sonic or the visual
When you can't even say my last name
I ain't tryna hear what you think
I don't want trouble
Just what you owe me"
Our Spotify playlists are updated every month with our favourite new sounds, so make sure you tune in frequently- you’re guaranteed to find one of your new favourite artists along the way.
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