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22 year-old London emcee, Loyle Carner, will play four headline dates around the country this May, including Sydney's Oxford Art Factory on Monday 8th May.
Hailed as 'Britain's most recent new hope in hip hop" by The Fader and countless others, Loyle Carner is one to watch this year. His enthralling melodic single 'The Isle Of Arran' opens with a stunning gospel choir, and offers a glimpse into the rapper's private world. The song made waves at alt-radio in 2016, securing heavy airplay across triple j and featuring on Annie Mac's Hottest Record In The World Radio 1 program.
Loyle's insight, erudition and poetic intensity have earned him the respect of all the right people: die-hard hip-hop fans, industry insiders and most importantly, his peers. Yesterday's Gone, Carner's fifteen-track debut album, was released on January 20 and is planted at an intersection between the boom-bap of East Coast hip-hop, jazz-inflected portraits of South London, and soulful laid back pop. There's a bedrock of honest and raw sentimentality running through 'Yesterday's Gone' which features collaborations with the likes of Tom Misch, Kwes. and Rebel Kleff.
"British hip-hop finally got serious - and Loyle Carner is leading the charge", said NME in their four-star album review.
Carner supported Joey Badass on his recent UK tour dates, took the stage with Nas at his O2 Arena show in London last year, and has collaborated and toured with acclaimed spoken-word artist Kate Tempest, releasing 'Guts', an eclectic three-minute tune that premiered on The Line Of Best Fit and landed on 6Music UK's A-List. He delivered a blistering set at the iconic Glastonbury Festival in 2015, watch part of the performance here.
"Sometimes, if you're lucky, you get to go to a gig that's a cut above every other show you've been to that year. Loyle Carner's homecoming show at London's KOKO last night was that gig." - MTV
Loyle Carner will tour the UK and Europe before making his Australian debut! Rest assured, he won't be playing such intimate venues for long!