2 November, 2021
With so many incredibly talented artists and music professionals at BIMM Institute, it can sometimes be hard to keep track of them all. Last month, we highlighted the ten artists to watch out for. Here’s our next round of artists and bands who are on impressive trajectories within their scenes, sounds and cities.
Manchester all-rounder sorebae is a true multi-disciplinarian. His take on pop has a surreal sensitivity that sorebae seems to harness with ease. His smooth and rich vocals effortlessly glide across the music, creating a glorious listening experience. He’s two singles down – and we expect big things from this indie rock heavyweight.
Líneik is an Icelandic artist based in Berlin. She is currently working on her first EP, set to be released in early 2022. Drawing inspiration from the likes of Jessie Ware and Amber Mark, Líneik is excited to introduce her music to the world and make people move together again. ‘Leading Me Blindly’ is Líneik’s debut release. While the song’s lyrics are of an intense and challenging topic, the final sound is more upbeat, contrasting the lyrical theme.
Leeds-born and Manchester-based singer-songwriter Laeeqa has already turned heads with her soulful sound, where she shares personal stories of mental health, queer love, self-discovery and more. She’s been announced as BBC Introducing’s Fresh Face and has been played on Radio 1XTRA. She’s amazing. Check her out.
Manchester quartet Witch Fever have been going from strength to strength, with three new singles this year and an EP on the way. Reminiscent of Black Sabbath and early Nirvana, these post-punk rockers are, according to NME, “cool as fuck, and sound like a reckoning, and they really mean it”.
Etienne Pelosoff is a true innovator. His brand of black metal jazz has led to his EP Trve Brutal Black Jazz finishing in Moshville Times’ Top 10 Albums of the Year. He started playing the cello in a conservatory of classical music in Paris and then began composing at 15 years old. He received schooling from la Scuola di Musica Cluster in Milan, where he studied bass. Currently, at BIMM Institute Berlin, we expect Etienne to go far!
Deer Anna’s unique voice is clear and calm, supported by her electric guitar and captivating aura. She creates dreamy atmospheres and melancholic soundscapes for her listeners to get lost in, inspired by Phoebe Bridgers, Aurora, Daughter, The Velvet Underground and Novo Amor. Her debut single ‘Dawn’ received radio airplay at big German radio stations; it’s a perfect glimpse of what’s to come on her EP Have I Even Been Asleep, which will be released in February 2022.
BIMM Institute London alumni Luna Bay are an indie-rock quartet bringing together infectious licks and anthemic choruses. Their debut single, Colours, caught the attention of one of BBC Radio 1’s finest selectors, Huw Stephens. The band has millions of streams on Spotify; they have supported Nothing But Thieves, The Academic and Declan McKenna and performed at their very own headline UK tour. Ones to watch for sure!
Mathilda Homer is an up-and-coming contemporary artist who studied with us at BIMM Institute London. Gaining popularity after singing a cover of the song Do you Want To Know A Secret by The Beatles for a Cadbury’s TV advert in 2018, and now with two impressive EPs under her belt, Mathilda’s journey isn’t ending any time soon. Her sound effortlessly blends together her eclectic influences whilst using bittersweet melodies and intimate lyrics that leave no stone unturned.
Maria has performed at shows across Europe supporting James Vincent McMorrow, KT Tunstall, and Paul Noonan, and has received support from Mahogany, Consequence of Sound, and The Line Of Best Fit. In 2019, she released “I leave early” – a captivating track that showcases Maria’s continued development as an artist. The track quickly garnered over a million streams on Spotify. She’s just released her debut album, and it’s truly beautiful.
Alternative pop singer-songwriter Max White studies with us in Brighton. Fresh off his tour supporting the iconic Rag ‘n’ Bone Man and recently surpassing 4 million streams with Dada Life, Max is set for lift-off. Influenced by Lee Fields, Justin Timberlake, Kacey Musgraves, and Miguel, Max’s intimate songs decorated in catchy melodies and funk/rock instrumentation give alternative pop a new life.
Wow! What a list. You can check out more successes from our outstanding students here.