Featured as one of Clash Magazine’s Artists Set To Rise in 2018, Mali Hayes’ music is with perfumed with vibrant real life stories and is coloured with honesty and soul, also described as a Jazzy-Nu-R&B type Neo Soul.
In 2017 she joined Gilles Peterson’s Brownwood expansion and talent discover program (Arts Council England funded) - Future Bubblers.
Gilles Peterson - BBC 6 Music/Brownswood/Worldwide FM -
"I was fortunate enough to play demo's on my shows here at the BBC by Amy Winehouse, Lily Allen, Erykah Badu and Jill Scott. All premiers. And this is another one I think I'm gonna be proud of in a few years. Remember the name, Mali Hayes"
After various radio airplay (BBC 6 Music - Gilles Peterson, BBC Radio 2 ~ Jamie Cullum, BBC Radio 1xtra ~ Jamz Supernova and more) and numerous support slots (Bilal, Jamila Woods, Alfa Mist, Will Heard, Elli Ingram, Tokio Myers, Blue Lab Beats, Sons Of Kemet, Yasmin Lacey, Jarrod Lawson and more) Mali sets to continue the journey in the rest of 2019 and beyond.
Jamie Cullum - BBC Radio 2 -
'A really great new British female vocalist from Manchester..
She's got a real un-flashy kind of approach which I really like. Kind of a milder Jill Scott / Erykah Badu, definitely one to watch. We'll be hearing a lot more from her I'm sure!”
Akemi Fox & Teo
a-kay-me Fox is a 20 year old singer/songwriter and her producer Teo a 19 year old producer both from Manchester. They have already recorded a Live session for BBC TV (Manchester) and had support from BBC Introducing in Manchester. They are part of the emerging new Future Soul Manchester Underground their two 2019 singles are already approaching half a million streams on Spotify so definitely ones to watch in 2020 when they release their debut EP.
18 year old Nina is an old soul musically. Born in Leeds she is now resides in Manchester energised by the underground heartbeat of the city providing a refreshing Future Soul Sound - pioneered by Children of Zeus, plus the likes of IAMDDB, and a select few others. Taking this influence along and from her journey including her time living in Spain she creates something that feels familiar yet different.
Reuben James is a singer, songwriter and pianist, best known for his ongoing collaborations with Sam Smith. Reuben co-wrote the title track from Smith’s most recent album “The Thrill of it All” and “Him”. Reuben was recruited to join Sam Smith’s band for his world tour while performing at Ronnie Scott’s, where he now hosts his own night. Reuben signed with Warner/Chappell in 2018 and has since been working on his own material, collaborating with artists such as Honne, Empire of the Sun, Tom Misch, Bruno Major, Callum Scott, Disclosure, Col3trane, Hiraku Utada and Tori Kelly. He is an accomplished Soul & Jazz performing which is reflected in his debut EP release earlier this year. In 2019 Reuben performed his first solo live shows, supporting Alicia Keys at the Dubai Jazz Festival and Kamasi Washington on his UK tour as well as a home town headline show at Birmingham’s Symphony Hall.
Raised in the church community his Mother and Aunts were Gospel singers and his father a DJ he has had a rich musical upbringing. In 2015, Kadeem debuted his vocals by featuring on a track with East London producer Nat Brown 'Memories' championed by DJ EZ it became big on Garage scene. In 2016, Kadeem teamed up with Chelmsford Garage producer RYN and released a smooth 5 track EP titled 'Fooled', full of what has been described as 'Feel Good Music'. He turned his hand to R&B and Neo Soul to great effect releasing the ‘Feels’ EP in 2018 and collaborating with Minni Manchester. In 2019 he released his ‘Elements’ EP which has resulted in a string of headline live performances across the UK.
Music is the channel for Emiko’s shyness - through the art of expression. A voice heavily nurtured by genres such as R'n'B and Soul, Emiko possesses an infectious energy that he spreads through his music and equally his character. He has released a number of singles building him a strong reputation for vocal ability most notably his feature on Despecialist – One Chance which received huge radio and DJ support across the UK in 2019.
Singer Songwriter AJIA has released two EPs "Touching The Surface" and "Visions". A mixture of 90's rnb and neo soul grooves the single "Sentimental Easing" was radio 1xtra's record of the week and received heavy airplay from most major rnb/soul Radio stations and Djs across the World in 2019. It also reached No1 in the Global Soul Chart.