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  • Zade Ryan

Zimbabwe-born and London-raised, Ashleigh Bankx is a breath of fresh air, who brings with her a unique combination of musical influences to distinguish her from the crowd. She grew up initially listening to Zimbabwean gospel music, afro jazz influenced by a style of township rhythm that evolved in the southern part of Africa, and sungura (a local Zimbabwean genre consisting of lead, rhythm and bass guitar melodies), before arriving in the UK as a child and falling in love with R&B/soul, pop and hip-hop.

“I instantly fell in love with the passion and emotion that poured out of the artists’ vocals and lyrics, as well as the instrumentation in their music”, says Ashleigh. She describes her music as a fusion of all these genres mixed with her own unique spin, while also drawing inspiration from the likes of Nina Simone, Amy Winehouse and Lauryn Hill alongside contemporary artists such as Rihanna.

There's something so compellingly unique about Ashleigh Bankx and her stunning musicality. On "Angel," her voice grooves effortlessly over a juicy guitar arrangement. This is R&B at its most intimate, its most honest. The intensity in her vocals is apparent through her tactful use of vibrato and vocal fry. This song is a definite bop.

"Spiders are perfect too, until you pull off their legs"

Having just put the finishing touches to his debut album "The Drama," Vangelis Polydorou is confident that it sounds like nothing else. “We didn’t have a preconceived idea of what the record was going to be. What I mean is, we didn’t reference any tracks and try to make it into something that was already out there. I do think that subconsciously everything has an influence, but I like to put my own spin on things. It's quite guitar-driven and synthy which hints at the 80s, but every song has its own personality.

Born and raised in north London, the son of a Scottish mother and a Greek Cypriot father, Vangelis is tall, laid back and hard to read. His unique musical identity is also informed by his ongoing creative collaboration with Boy George, whom he met when he auditioned for The Voice UK in 2016.

"Throw Me" features his undeniably gripping signature vocals on a retro-modern arrangement. The music video is full of colour and personality, featuring a number of fantastic outfits and sets—we're totally here for it.

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