5 February 2022
Presented by MK Festival Fringe and curated by musician and writer The Isle of CC, this gig offers some of the most exciting artists emerging out of the fertile Neo-Soul scene in the UK.
Born in Jebba, Nigeria to a Nigerian mother and white British father, Bamidele grew up in Long Melford, Suffolk as one of the few, and often only, children of colour (themes around racial isolation and its stark personal impact reverberates in Bamidele’s music today). Raised on the sounds of church music via his mother’s choir vocals, it wasn’t until a music lesson in Year 5 that the creative spark in a young Bamidele was ignited and immediately recognized by his teachers. Teenage years would see the budding musician harnessing pop-punk, rap, hip-hop and rock infused influences into his own evolving sound. Radiohead, Death Cab for Cutie and Marvin Gaye eventually became sonic and political touchstones, and after founding a series of hometown bands, alongside collaborator and friend Max Bridges (now bassist for Stretch Soul Gang), Bamidele went solo.
Bamidele’s latest self-produced release, Uncrowded, is neo-soul with raw edges. On the George Floyd inspired track, “Other Side,” Bamidele’s conviction bursts forward with a sense of purpose and hope as he sings about the world-wide uprising that now defines 2020. The impassioned, “Tethered” and “This Won’t Happen a Second Time” — both sensual yet tinged with melancholy — sees Bamidele finally surrendering to real love, while “Painted Over” finds the protagonist desiring flight over fight when feelings get too deep. US Label Park the Van Records calls his music captivating, describing it as “full of love, pain, and experience–coupled with his effortless songwriting.” Encapsulating a level of lyrical vulnerability exemplified by the likes of Amy Winehouse and Maxwell, Bamidele is a talented new voice shifting soul music into a new direction.
Selva is a singer/songwriter and producer from Brighton, combining classic and contemporary approaches to Soul. Recently performing with a 5 piece band, he will be releasing his debut E.P ‘Ever Closer’ in the coming months.
Lauren-Paige, from Milton Keynes, is an up and coming soul inspired pop artist. With BBC introducing support, and successful collaborations with Dale May and Manny & the Coloured Sky she is paving her way in her music career. With her track ‘Velvet Rose’ and latest single ‘Summer Breeze’, she is setting the scene for her EP which is set to be released early 2022.
This event is hosted as part of Independent Venue Week and is presented by MK Festival Fringe.