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New Music – Masasolo, Kelsey Lu, Mali Hayes

New music to check out from Copenhagen, North Carolina and Manchester

Mali Hayes

Thu, Jul 14, 2016, 11:40


Every week, we highlight a couple of new acts from around the globe who’ve caught our attention. Please feel free to share tips with us or check out all past New Music selections here.


These young Danes already know their way around hazy, moody, fuzzy melancholy as “Really Thought She Loved Me” shows. It’s a track with a lovely soft psychedelic centre, the band’s guitarlines and harmonies gently underling the song’s compelling momentum. Watch out for their debut EP “Break Up” later this year for Antiphonics.

Kelsey Lu

The more tracks we hear from the North Carolina native, the more we dig what she’s doing. There are connections in her CV to such innovative shapeshifters as Dev “Blood Orange” Hynes and Florence “& The Machine” Welch, but the manner in which she wields cello and voice is very much of her own making. Check out her debut EP “Church” for True Panther, which was recorded with Chairlift’s Patrick Wimberly at a church in Brooklyn, for a blast of her dramatic, idiosyncratic introspection.

Mali Hayes

Serious voice and ear-catching style on show from Manchester newcomer Mali Hayes Campbell on her debut single “Jump”. A recent graduate of the Leeds College of Music who’s also worked with artists like JP Cooper and Tito Jackson, her debut single shows she’s a singer-songwriter with a strong soulful lean to her craft and someone keen to push and pull her material into a very interesting hinterland.