Vanessa Feder

Junior Editor at Unrated.

Five Female U.K. Multi-Talents On the Come-Up

As 2017 begins to wind down, female music talents from the United Kingdom are delivering nonstop greatness in the form of fresh noise to light up the modern music scene. While in the past we’ve praised the likes of North London’s quick spitter Little Simz and the West Midland’s contemporary soul vocalist Jorja Smith, this time we would like to focus in on five lyricists who are crushing genre boundaries, giving the U.K. an innovative push and heating up the highly-saturated music sphere. Why do we have our eyes on these talents in particular? Although we hand-picked each artist for their unique style and wit, the connection between our chosen trio is their vibrant energy and ability to blur the lines between what is considered to be modern-day jazz, soul, R&B and hip hop.

IAMDDB, Manchester’s Jazzy Trap Rap Queen

Self-proclaimed Clouds and Vibes, New Era, and Urban Jazz artist, Manchester’s own IAMDDB is blessing turn-up-esque tracks with a tinge of sweet vocals and hard-hitting lyricism. In July she delivered an impressive performance of VIBE VOL 2 single “Pause” for digital music channel COLORS and most recently unveiled the third piece of her EP series dubbed Hoodrich Vol. 3. Combing trap with soulful and jazzy additions, IAMDDB touches on topics of lovers, haters, the grind and how she’s on her way up.

LayFullStop, Mellow Storyteller and Soulful Sound Blender

You may recognize LayFullStop from the chilled-out, “Mood Fruit” playlist we featured a few months back. Just like our compilation of laid-back tunes, this Manchester-based rapping songstress delivers equally mellow vibes in a unique blend of storytelling and sound creating. Literally days ago, the eclectic mood-setter came out with a poetic, head-nodding, shoulder-grooving joint titled “Bohemian Queen,” with a glowing visual accompaniment shown below.

Mahalia, Saccharine Singer-Songwriter With a Mature Message

As an 18-year-old singer/songwriter from Leicester on the come-up, Mahalia uses her honeyed vocals and experiences growing up to create music that transcends the confines of genres while still holding a popular sound. In her latest, upbeat single “Hold On” featuring Compton rapper Buddy, the bourgeoning songstress proves to listeners that she will be a force to reckon in time to come. If you’re based in or visiting the U.K. this month, catch the budding singer live at her headline shows in Bristol, Manchester and London by copping tickets here.

RAY BLK, South London’s Self-Expressive Songstress

As the first independent artist to win BBC’s Sound of 2017 poll, RAY BLK shares personal narratives through soulful tracks infused with hip hop and R&B elements. The Nigerian-born, South London-based artist touches on themes of where she’s from like in her Stormzy collab joint “My Hood,” and where she’s going representative in “Patience.” Hitting the high notes while also rapping the low, RAY BLK delivers soulful music while marrying diverse styles to fit her one-of-a-kind sound.

J’Danna, London’s Underrated Vocal PowerHouse

Though she hasn’t fully revealed a collection of musical treasures we know are somewhere brewing, J’Danna is undoudebtly a talented singer and powerhouse vocalist. You may have caught her dreamy voice featured on British house producer Julio Bashmore’s “Simple Love” and “Rhythm of Auld,” but incase you are unfamiliar let this be your chance to get acquainted. Less than a month ago, the heartfelt lyricist dropped a gem for her followers by way of self-empowering joint “All I Need.” The over three-minute track not only shows off the London-based, breakthrough artist’s incredible vocal range but also her versatility.

Vanessa Feder

Junior Editor at Unrated.