Check out new music from Eloise Viola, Brother Zulu and Jaki Nelson.
Despite a lifelong love of singing, Brighton-born Eloise Viola had plans for a career as a psychologist – but a meeting with US producer Brandon Friesen changed all that.
Viola and Friesen were introduced by top vocal coach Stevie Lange (Lange is described as Viola’s mentor and friend) and hit it off. Soon Viola and Friesen were working together in the studio, and Viola’s psychology aspirations were put on ice.
The collaboration resulted in Viola’s debut release For My Eyes, a pop anthem that led to gigs in London and LA and comparisons with Rita Ora and Dua Lipa.
Next up is Think About You, a track Viola describes as “a fun, take no prisoners song that I hope empowers people to assert themselves in situations”.
After a busy 2018 that saw them sell out the Camden Assembly and enjoy success with their soulful debut Honey, Brother Zulu are back with new music. The funky five-piece have just released Fine!, a toe-tapping tune with an electro vibe. It serves as a taster for what’s to come when the band releases a new EP later in the year.
Supported by BBC Introducing, Brother Zulu crosses genres drawing inspiration from 1970s soul, jazz, hip hop and rock. Check them out on the festival circuit this summer and follow them on Facebook.
Jaki Nelson had a very LA childhood: her dad was a professional drummer who toured with the Beach Boys, and Kylie and Kendall Jenner were schoolmates.
But it wasn’t until she was a teenager, and a horse-riding injury sidelined her showjumping ambitions, that Nelson herself considered a career in the entertainment industry.
While recovering from the horse-riding spill, she took piano and vocal lessons and was soon hooked.
By the age of 18 she had scored her first record deal, but it took a few more years to gain traction in the industry. She’s now racked up several top ten hits on the US dance charts thanks to songs like Dancing With Strangers, which was produced by Dave Aude (Lady Gaga).
Nelson’s new single is High Wasted, a song about getting messy at a house party. It’s guaranteed to get the dancefloor jumping (although we’re not quite sure about the puppets in the video).