Loyle Carner // In Short

Loyle Carner visions

Have you spent your summer watching the same bands make their rounds of the festival circuit? Wondered how many times can you watch the Ben Howard Bicycle Club’s Florence and the Well-Oiled Festival Machine slide through a field near you without choking on your £8 plastic cup of beer?

The antidote to that is the mighty Visions festival. On August 8th, a day of gigs and food trucks are taking over six venues in Hackney. The aim is to feed both your stomach and brain as the festival unveils the widest palette of bands and burgers east London has ever tried to consume.

Here at London in Stereo, we’ve spent the past few weeks showing off some of the highlights of the wildly eclectic festival, bouncing from up-and-coming rockers The Big Moon to the twisted face-blowing electronic sonic assault of Blanck Mass. Oh, and the Ho99o9 badboys are also playing – don’t bring your granny, yeah?

Now this is our chance to shine some light on south London hip hop sensation Loyle Carner. The 20-year-old MC has been causing quite a stir following the release of his six-track debut EP, A Little Late (download it for free here…) last September.

It’s a refreshingly fresh listen with plenty of old school bounce led by Loyle’s smoky croaky voice. It opens with a heartstring-puller of a tune dedicated to his deceased father as he chokes up mid verse: “Everybody says I’m fucking sad/ Of course I’m fucking sad/ I miss my fucking dad”. Since dropping the EP, Loyle’s gone on to work with the likes of Kate Tempest, Maverick Sabre and Tom Misch, while hitting the road with Joey Bada$$ and Atmosphere. He’s promising a major release this year. But until then, there is Visions.

Check him out. The chap is proper London, rhyming ‘stories’ with ‘knickerbocker glories’ with a tinge of menace mixed with a wry smile. And hey, anyone who tips Ronnie Corbett as a legend is OK with us. Here’s how Loyle handled the tough questions:

If I had to describe my music in 3 words, I’d use…
Have a listen

My favourite film ever is…
City of God

The most famous person I’ve met is…
Ronnie Corbett

The song I hate the most is…
No comment

The worst job I’ve ever had is…
Being a waiter

If I was in a tribute band it would be…
The Slum Villagers

My favourite word is…
Hullabaloo

If I had a super power I’d want it to be…
Teleportation, or maybe I would just be Magneto.

If I could play a gig anywhere it would be…
On the Isle of Arran

I think you should listen to…
Benny Mails

If I could see anyone play live it would be…
Big L… Or maybe Biggie

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Loyle Carner play Visions Festival in Hackney on Saturday 8th August