A free-entry showcase of some of our favourite local emerging urban artists, featuring…
Layfullstop is a female hip-hop / soul artist from Manchester, by way of Birmingham. Now seen as one of Manchester’s very own, Lay has been performing on stages alongside well established collectives ‘Cul Dè Sac’ and ‘Roots Raddix’, and has managed to build a cult following since the release of her solo tracks ‘Ying Yang’ and ‘Aura’ on YouTube.
Lay’s style is an authentic mix of nostalgic soul and UK hip-hop, at times singing in the sweetest of tones, while being able to unleash ferocious bars with such seamlessness, neither style is compromised. Complete with individual eccentricity, this headstrong, fun loving introvert is letting her music do the talking, and with the year ahead, Layfullstop is definitely one to watch for 2017.
Abnormal Sleepz is a prolific recording artist, songwriter, producer and DJ hailing from the heart of Moss Side. He spent his early creative years on the grime, hip-hop and DJ circuit building his name and securing residencies in clubs in Ibiza as well as cities around the UK through BPM, SBTV & various other platforms. His recent ‘Meditape’ mixtape series saw Sleepz go through a process of evolution and heatedly embody ‘Abnormal Sleepz’; an artist who packs undeniable flavour, content, consciousness, waves and all the sauce to go with it.
KinKai is artist from Manchester, creatively expressing himself through UK Hip Hop. In 2015, he independently released his debut EP ‘Distortions’, a project of unique and very distinct sound that was critically acclaimed by those who found the undiscovered MC. Amongst many other releases, Kai gained attention via Soundcloud after releasing ’16 Windmills’ a freestyle over Tom Misch’s ‘Windmills Of Your Mind’. From this, Kai has consistently developed his style, experimenting with music and sound, making use of his various creative influences.
Growing up with a single mother and three siblings, Kai struggled with acceptability, racism and poverty. Coming to terms with who he is, the artist collates his thoughts and consistently encourages those who listen to not be a product of their circumstances by being themselves.
With a new project (Mellow Mermaids and Malibu #MMM) on the way, Kai artist has been whetting our appetites with music throughout the year, collaborating with artists such as Maximus MMC, More//Night and many others. The forthcoming project features the likes of The Trp, Glue 70 & LayFullStop, obtaining Moo Latte, Thieta, Glue 70 & Origamik on production.
We also welcome special guest DJ Konny Kon, from Manchester’s rapidly rising Children of Zeus collective.
This is a standing show.