Meet CirKT’s first cohort of dynamic and up-and-coming artists. As part of CirKT, they’ll get a mix of professional industry advice, opportunities to perform in Kingston’s grassroots venues and the chance to win a £500 CirKT Spotlight Award. They’ll be playing across Kingston over the summer and autumn months (find out what’s on).
Want to join them? There’s still time to apply for our second New Talent Call Out. The deadline is 18 August 19.
Time Dilation Unit
Describing themselves as ‘space wonk psychonauts’, Time Dilation Unit crash landed out of an open wormhole in August 2018 with debut single ‘Pain in My Side’. The single was picked up by Steve Lamacq on BBC 6 Music. Based between London, Kent and outer space, the band create stomping rocket fuelled psychedelic new wave art-punk, with synths, sax and heavy, heavy bass.
iyatraQuartet create original, virtuosic music for violin, cello, bass clarinet and percussion, plus voices. ‘iyatra’ derives from the Hindi word for travel or pilgrimage and the group embraces this sense of journey in every performance.
Kitty Got Claws
Kitty Got Claws is a rapper, singer and spoken word poet. Her dark and impactful writing and performance intends to break stigma surrounding mental health using stories and narrative. Her work has received radio attention, most notably through airtime on BBC Introducing.
Leo Appleyard is a musician and producer from South-West London, releasing music under the name Urchin.
Graver Ekow are a queer British Hip Hop duo, holding a middle finger to the mainstream. London-born Mr Ekow and Norfolk-born Graver met in 2018 after meeting on a well-known dating app, which shall not be named. The two have been together since and their unique chemistry shines through their music.
The band’s members have border-crossing tastes: 1970s soul brought on by lead singer Max Tuohy meets a jazz essence embodied by guitarist Alex Hillman; the back catalogue of rare groove and funk that inspires bassist Noah Nelson meets the heavier hip-hop and rock grooves of drummer Youssef Abdelkhalek. The band has received support as an Unsigned Music Award nominee and BBC Artist of the Week.
Alex Brenchley is a musician & visual artist from the UK. He is a cartoonist for New Statesman and Literary Review magazines and brings some of this light-hearted lyricism and eye-rolling word play to his songwriting, performing electro-acoustic sets with equal measures of humour and sincerity.
Tangieguar is a solo artist and design engineer from London. His recent album goes by the name Tangieguar, and he has previously played with the band Laudanum.
Head over to our CirKT Music YouTube channel to see our artists performing live across Kingston, New Malden and Surbiton.
We asked our CirKT New Talent for their advice on what they’ve learnt along the way.
Listen to our playlist featuring Kingston’s finest new talent.