In a year that needs more than a glimmer of hope, we introduce you to one of the UK’s finest rising young artists, Luke Royalty. Luke, who burst onto the scene with his single ‘I Could Get Used To This’ ft. Sweets last year, releases his brand-new track ‘I Do’ today via Soul Kitchen Recordings. The track is the first taste of what Luke has to come in 2021.
Produced by friend and long time collaborator Bob Mackenzie at Motor Museum studios in Liverpool, ‘I Do’ is Luke Royalty at his most vulnerable. Written about the pains and struggles of being stuck in a repetitive lifestyle, the track is a raw and honest look into Luke’s life in Darlington and being stuck in an endless cycle. With his lyrics flowing at ease over neo-soul guitars and a laid back beat, ‘I Do’ is a track made for late nights and early mornings.
Speaking of the song Luke said, “I wrote the lyrics for ‘I do’, ironically, before lockdown. My northern heritage is something that’s so important to me and I’m proud of where I come from, so I took influence from lyricists like Mike Skinner and slowthai in not being ashamed of your lifestyle, accent or slang and tried to stay as authentic as I could.”
Hailing from Darlington in the North East of England, Luke came from a creative family of artists and musicians. He, however, avoided dabbling in music until his late teens, preferring to spend his time playing Sunday League football and following his beloved Darlington FC. Upon finding influence in the likes of Mike Skinner, Mac Miller and Frank Ocean, Luke got drawn into the culture of turning his words to music and the rest is history in the making.
Having already garnered support from key players including BBC Radio 1’s Jack Saunders, BBC Introducing and Amazing Radio (‘I Could Get Used To This’ ft. Sweets was added straight to the B list), Luke looks set to be one of the breakout acts of 2021.