After a breakthrough year, which saw Luke Royalty release his sublime debut EP My Blue Room and play a host of shows across the UK, the rising Darlington based troubadour returns with brand new single ‘UP!’ The track is the first to be taken from his forthcoming EP 9INE, out October 6th on Soul Kitchen Recordings. Listen to ‘UP!’ HERE.
Co-produced with Julien Flew at his studio in Hackney Wick‘, UP!’ sees a subtle maturity in Luke’s sound. Still soaked in his hypnotising, laid back vocal, the track is a glitchy pop earworm that’ll be circling your brain for weeks. “‘Up!’ is a positive message about the feeling of hope and mindset it puts you in,” Luke said of the track. “I’ve had some darker times over the past year, however in trying to overcome them I didn’t want to just make sombre music. I wanted to channel the energy into an experimental production and freeing lyrics that shows there’s beauty in many of the simple things I take for granted.”
Merging lo-fi beats, with Luke’s raw, easy-going tones, the collection of seven tracks intertwine through hazy vibes to breezy pop hooks. “9INE is a messy pop project about love, hope and fear,” Luke said of the EP. “I really wanted to try and make something that sounded different to the other music that’s being released right now and separate myself from any labels or genres that people might expect when listening to Luke Royalty. I want to create something that’s fresh, exciting, and rough around the edges.”
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 Mac Miller, Amy Winehouse and Bill Withers, Luke got drawn into the culture of turning his words to music and the rest is history in the making.