Special Guest Article: Pink Wafer’s Top 5 Releases of 2019 So Far...
Pink Wafer promotes new music through quality journalism and events. Focusing on emerging artists in the North of England, we cover all genres and aim to promote a diverse spectrum of artists.
Although we cover a little bit in a lot of different cities, the majority of artists we work with are based in Sheffield, Leeds, or Manchester. As part of this, we showcase emerging bands from these cities (and sometimes further afield) each month at Peddler market in Sheffield where we curate the live stage.
We also host occasional events in other cities in the UK.
We’ve been fortunate to work with some incredible artists over the past few months. Here are some of our favourite 2019 releases.
1. Joshua Zero - ‘Barbed Wire Eye Lashes’
Joshua Zero is both angsty and wild yet delicate and subtle. All their songs are on point, and lead singer Joshua Truscott’s voice is really something else - high, clear and powerful. Bucking the current trend of contemporary jazz and nu-soul in the city (which we also love), Joshua Zero is one of the stand out Leeds bands right now. Comparisons with Father John Misty or even the great Jeff Buckley would not be unfair. Check out their single ‘Barbed Wire Eye Lashes’.
Before Breakfast - ‘Open Ears EP’
The hugely talented Before Breakfast are a folk pop quintet from Sheffield. Their song writing is next level, and the way they pull these songs off - whether live or on record - is simply perfect. Having just come off a support tour with C Duncan and getting featured on some major Spotify playlists, the word about them is starting to spread. Check out their ‘Open Ears EP’, you won’t be disappointed.
Otis Mensah - ‘Solar Eclipse’
Alternative hip-hop prodigy Otis Mensah is a massively talented rapper and poet who’s going from strength to strength. Having shared the stage with the likes of Mahalia, Killah Priest, and Benjamin Zephaniah, he is deservedly creeping his way up billboards all over the UK. Check out his video for ‘Solar Eclipse’.
We love the way he injects subtle humour and humility into his lyrics which often address heavy subjects from status anxiety to loneliness and mental health.
Mali Hayes - ‘Come Closer’
There are so many talented Manchester bands and musicians knocking around right now, and Mali Hayes is among the most exciting. An incredibly talented singer, she blends soul, RnB, and hip-hop, and she’s come out with some amazing singles. Mali Hayes is clearly picking up momentum right now, recently supporting the likes of contemporary jazz master Alfa Mist. ‘Come Closer’ is her latest single and we love it.
Jackie Moonbather - ‘Say No More’
The enigmatic Jackie Moonbather offers a homemade DIY angle on soul, borrowing elements from lo-fi hip-hop and even shoegaze. One of the many projects of the Sheffield/Manchester Blancmange Lounge collective, we love the way Jackie Moonbather pushes the boundaries of convention at the same time as simply writing great tunes. Check out his new video ‘Say No More’ - a visual micro odyssey, made in collaboration with one of the UK’s most exciting music video producers, GRIT Multimedia.