New Music Lowdown: Including Dylan, Lola Young and Zola Courtney




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Zola Courtney - Before We Were Us


If you heard this song on the radio, you might be mistaken into thinking it's Adele. Sorry to disappoint you, no, the 'Rolling In The Deep' hitmaker still hasn't made her long-awaited comeback. But if you are in the market for a flawless pin-drop soulful pop vocal, Zola Courtney's latest track is the one.


She said of the of song: “I wrote ‘before we were us’ from the perspective of someone close to me. They were going through a difficult time in their relationship. I wrote the song to remind them that they were their own person before their relationship. Sometimes I feel it can get forgotten when you’ve been with someone for such a long time.”


You can catch Courtney supporting Dermott Kennedy in September in London, Manchester and Glasgow.



Photo: David East

Dylan - Nineteen


Hot off the heels of supporting Yungblud at the O2 Kentish Town Forum last weekend, rising pop singer Dylan has released her latest single, 'Nineteen'.


A sun-kissed ditty about being young and carefree, the 21-year-old singer-songwriter sings about "blue dresses", "coffee and cigarettes" and "running from responsibilities".


She said: “‘Nineteen’ is a nostalgic song about youth, love and heartbreak.

“It’s just about being young, and the summer of [being] 19 was so superior to every other summer because I had no responsibilities, and no school, and no reason to be anywhere.”


To celebrate the release, Dylan will play a one-off set at the top of London’s The O2 Arena on August 24.


She will then headline Camden Assembly on November 9, before hitting festivals in October, including Liverpool Sound City (October 3rd), Live at Leeds (16th) and Hit The North (23rd).



Photo: Gustav Cavallin

Jelly Crystal - Someone's Dog


“Imagine an acid-fuelled ABBA writing and performing the soundtrack to Titanic", is how Stockholm's Filip Johnson describes his solo project Jelly Crystal.


Taken from his upcoming debut album 'Freak Show' - which is released on September 24 - 'Someone's Dog' is a tale of heartbreak dripping in 70s' glam-rock nostalgia.


Speaking of the track, he said: “‘Someone’s Dog’ is the only song that was recorded live, which distinguishes it from the other songs on the album. It’s a story about people who put you under their thumb and control you, leaving you to stumble blindly through the precarious topography of love. I wanted it to feel like a young man in an old man’s body, so old but still so modern and fresh!”


If you are a David Bowie fan, be sure to check out Jelly Crystal.



Lola Young - EP After Midnight


Lola Young is a name we are certain to be hearing a lot more of.


The 20-year-old singer really is an open book on this raw collection of confessional soul-bearers.


A song about insomnia, the sheer urgency of Young's vocal on standout track 'Pill or a Lullaby' cuts like a knife.


Talking about the EP, she said: “My thoughts, my worries, my past lovers and my present ones too, my guilt, my fears, my dreams, wishes and all the crazy ass thoughts I have when the sun rises and I can't sleep for s***. After midnight. The truest form of me."


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Albums to check out: Becky Hill 'Only Honest On The Weekend'; Jake Bugg 'Saturday Night, Sunday Morning'; Lorde 'Solar Power'.

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