Northern Favourites

Being based in a city in the North of England, I thought it might be a good opportunity to showcase some of the bands and artists creating music in this part of the world. Listed below are several of my favourite songs that have been recently produced by artists from the North – make sure you check out the playlist below too!

Review by Jane Howkins

Picture by Lizzie Esau

Lizzie Esau – Bitter Weather

Lizzie Esau is a British musician who was raised in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne by an artistic family. This has clearly rubbed off on her, as can be seen in the quality of latest song, Bitter Weather. It’s quite a poppy song, with the bass giving it a really groovy feel. The guitars on the chorus give the track a heavier feel than might be expected, and Lizzie’s vocals have quite an interesting quality to them.

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Aza Brown – The Way That I Roll

The Way That I Roll is a track from Aza Brown, a singer-songwriter and musician from Chesterfield, in Derbyshire. He also fronts a local band called The WonderWhys, but has also started producing his own music. It has a pop-rock sound with a 60s vibe to it – the song is really catchy and displays his songwriting talents off perfectly.

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Ali Heath – Alarm Goes Off, You Get Up, You Get By

Alarm Goes Off, You Get Up, You Get By is the curious title of a new song by Ali Heath, a Stoke-On-Trent musician who is also part of the band Alfa9. The track has quite a psychedelic feel to it, in part due to the driving rhythm and guitars melodies. The vocals are very dreamy, weaving in and out of the music over the course of the song, eventually repeating the main refrain over and over again.

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Lemon – How Can You Rhyme That Shit?

Lemon are actually from Amsterdam, but consider Manchester to be their second home, hence their inclusion in this list. Their sound has a very Madchester vibe to it, with a stonking piano melody running through the song, also giving it a danceable feel. How Can You Rhyme That Shit? is an amazing track, and it’s fantastic to hear a band from The Netherlands creating this sort of music!

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Kin Tala – Coast

Coast is one of the most interesting songs on this list, being released by Blackpool based duo Kin Tala. Coast has a dreamy feel to it, with a progressive time signature that helps to create an atmosphere within the song. It’s the sort of track that will take multiple listens to really begin to appreciate everything going on here – the vocal style is also very distinctive.

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Little Victories – Love Gets Me Down

Little Victories are an indie pop band with a playful feel to their music – Love Gets Me Down is only their second release, making it even more impressive how good this track is. The production sounds amazing – the verses are a little more simplistic than the chorus, which erupts in a sensation of sound. The different vocal styles present in the song were also great.

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Dionne Sturdy-Clow – I Could Be Somebody

Dionne Sturdy-Clow is a rock musician from the Doncaster area, with I Could Be Somebody being her latest release. The song kicks off with a huge drum beat, which continues for the entirety of the song. Whilst the track doesn’t have that much variety to it, it does have a killer attitude, and Dionne’s vocals sound immense when mixed with the music.

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