North London upstart GIRLI concocted a chaotic mix of pop, electronic and punk spirit when she began her solo career in 2014. The rebellions singer/rapper/producer was part of indie rock band Ask Martin while in high school, but when her bandmates went on to college, she decided she didn’t want to go down a traditional path. She chose a stage name inspired by Blondie, with an attention-catching aesthetic that was part of cyberpunk and part J-Pop.
Today sees London’s very own brazen popstar GIRLI announce her debut album Odd One Out, due on 5th April via PMR/Virgin EMI. In conjunction with her album announcement, GIRLI shares her latest single Deal With It. GIRLI’s headline tour will coincide with her album release and she will take to the road from 5th April performing across the UK (tickets on sale February 1st).
“candy-punk kiss-off” – The Guardian
“uber-millennial melting pot of influences” – Noisey
“pop to shock the system” – DIY
With support from Ashnikko + Tayla
It earned radio support from Annie Mac at Radio 1, DJ Target at 1Xtra and Julie Adenuga at Beats 1, while Ashnikko also joined Rinse FM and Reprezent for takeovers.
Now Ashnikko extends her engaging and uncompromising vision by dropping the new track ‘Nice Girl’. Fellow OddChildartist CallMeTheKidd excels with creative production embellishments including industrial-tinged beats, twisted synths and pitch-shifted vocals. It’s the perfect backdrop for Ashnikko’s charismatic flow and sweetly sinister lyrics such as “He says he wants a nice girl / I’m the fuck-up-your-life girl.”
As she explains, it’s a personal expression of a wider battle with misogyny: “The waves I’m making aren’t big, yet, but I still get little boys in my inbox telling me to kill myself – just for having the audacity to speak my mind. Any woman who wants to change the world is going to be hated. All of my idols are unapologetically vocal with their opinions and I want to do the same. ”
Ashnikko’s back story is a confusing one: One moment you’re a regular teenager living in North Carolina and the next thing you know, your family uproot 7500 kilometres east – first to Estonia and then to Latvia. In Riga, her parents gave her no other option other than to enrol in a public Latvian high school. She was the only American girl in the entire country to attend a Latvian public school, with her lessons taught entirely in Latvian.
Her escape was to spend her weekends flying to London to pursue a music career. She eventually established a new home-from-home within the OddChild community where she’s spent the last four years focused on developing her music.
Hailing from Birmingham, Tayla released ‘Call Me Danger’ in 2016, a track that put her on the radar of New York Times, Evening Standard, i-D and Noisey. Since then Tayla has been nominated for ‘Best Urban Act’ 2018 at the UMAs and won the support from brands like Adidas, Ivy Park, Levi’s, Missguided, New Look and Selfridges. The brazen singer has brought her A-game whilst performing at iconic venues like Jazz Cafe, Notting Hill Art Club and The Troxy for Sink The Pink. With her being in and out of the studio with the likes of Gorgon City, MR WA7T, Rudimental, Future Cut and The Lab, 2018 is set to be a big year for Tayla.
Formed in August 2018, lilleburn are a Birmingham based indie pop duo comprised of Ross Tidmus and Tom James. Taking influence from 80’s alterative acts such as The Cure, Tears For Fears and Gary Newman, then mixing it with their love for modern pop sounds and the personal lyrics from the mind of Ross, to form a fresh, artsy style of their own. They spent the summer of 2018 writing, recording and self producing their energetic music. Releasing their debut single ‘Boys/Girls/Hearts’ on September 30th of 2018, getting them played multiple times on BBC Coventry and Warwickshire. Shortly after they supported BLOXX on a sold out show in Birmingham, establishing lilleburn in the indie scene. In December they had their first headline show; which was almost sold out. In conjunction to the headline show lilleburn released ‘Tell Me I’m Pretty’ which was picked my more local radio stations and gain them more fans. ‘Tell Me I’m Pretty’ was also put on the A-list of BRUM Radio with the likes of JAWS and Jorja Smith.