Nottingham’s rising alt star Jalle releases his brand new single ‘Downers’, featuring left-pop newcomer Issey Cross. Emerging onto the scene in 2020, Jalle’s live energy has already seen him sell out a homecoming Nottingham show and perform at the likes of: Jack Saunders’ Hopscotch night, Dot2Dot Festival and BBC Introducing.

Listen to ‘Downers’ featuring Issey Cross here:

The track, produced with Josef Page (Aziya, Millie Turner), is a snappy earworm with a central message that rings true to many young people battling with anxieties in the age of the internet. Featuring Issey Cross who has spent 2 weeks in the UK Top 40 with current single ‘Used To This’ by DJ and producer Wilkinson, the pair have worked together to create something that encompasses their past anxieties and trauma in a track that radiates good vibes.

As Jalle comments: “My school life definitely had an influence on this song for me, particularly how I felt during my school years. I always hated school and never really felt like I fit in. I always felt like an outsider and was constantly changing myself to try and fit in. Issey and I really connected over this and had similar experiences so ‘Downers’ was created.”

Featuring artist, Issey Cross adds: “Jalle and I wrote this song in lockdown on zoom. It was the first time we’d met but we got on so well and just wrote a really honest song together about our insecurities and how we would change them if we could!!”

The Nottingham artist is also due to hit the road touring Youth Club’s in the UK. Having found music through Nottingham’s Community Recording studios (Naughty Boy, Estelle and Aloe Blacc), it rescued him from a turbulent time in his life.

Talking of the upcoming tour Jalle said “Growing up in Nottingham, I went to a youth club called CRS (Community Recording Studio) which paved the way for me in my musical career. They provided creative services and support for me and other kids in Nottingham who needed a helping hand in life. This run of shows around different Youth Clubs in the UK means a lot to me. It feels great to be able to give back to communities that are helping young people start their musical journeys, in the same way I was helped as a teenager.”

Jalle’s knack of full frontal insight into his world and how he navigates these difficult feelings is what drives the excitement around him. At just 20 years old, he has developed a whole musical world filled with his own stories and those of the people closest to him.

Tour dates

20th April – Audio Active Youth Club, Brighton
21st April – Abbie McCarthy’s Good Karma Club, Colours Hoxton
26th April – Creative Youth Network Youth Club, Bristol
3rd May – Send Project Youth Club, Nottingham
9th June – Z-arts Youth club, Manchester

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