I’m sat at my desk on a rainy Friday afternoon, my conversation counterpart waiting for a lift to a studio in Staines. This time at the other end of the phone is Nottingham-born singer-songwriter Ady Suleiman, who is on the cusp of releasing his long-awaited debut album next year. Having previously won the ‘Breakthrough Act of the Year’ award at Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide Awards and gaining a legion of fans from the likes of Chance the Rapper to Michael Kiwanuka, Ady is set for even higher heights than he’s experienced thus far.
Platinum debut record, singer-songwriter James Bay has turned his hand to fashion design. Collaborating with high street giants TOPMAN, Bay has designed a capsule collection that encompasses his trademark style and‘rock star aesthetic for something that ‘feels quite universal’. ‘It’s not exactly aimed at people’s parents,’ he explains, ‘I mean, they’re welcome, but it’s aimed at our generation. It’s for the folks like you and me walking into high street stores’.
It’s set to be a big year for Zak Abel. His new album, Only When We’re Naked, is set for release, and he could form a small army with the amount of collaborations he’s worked on. From KAYTRANADA to Gorgon City, Kwabs to Tom Misch, now he’s managed to nab a track from Wretch 32. Talking of single, ‘Rock Bottom’, the track was ‘initially for his album and for whatever reason it didn’t come out. It was just me singing a hook, he had three verses, so I thought, why don’t I write a couple of verses and get him on a midlay or something’. On how he made the song his own, Zak explains: ‘I elaborated on what the song meant to me and once I’d written my lyric, he rewrote his to fit the sentiment’.