I am not ashamed to say I discovered London MC Loyle Carner
in an iPhone commercial. Hearing just 15 seconds of Loyle's single "Florence (feat. Kwes)" got me absolutely hooked, and I'm glad I couldn't let it go. Months later, Loyle Carner (actual name Ben Coyle-Larner) is announcing his debut album Yesterday's Gone
and giving us a new song in "The Isle of Arran." The single premiered on Annie Mac's BBC Radio 1 show and the artist gave a short interview afterwards, speaking about the inspiration for the song.
Coyle-Larner's introspective lyrics come out with a flow that seems to be second nature, over simple instrumentals that evoke a little bit of head-bob and a lot of emotion. "The Isle of Arran" carries a fuzzy soul-gospel sample and a sedate, piano-heavy beat while Loyle spits with ease. As in "Florence," his lyrics are heavy and introspective through a heavy accent, ranging through a whole spectrum of emotions. The new single is the fourth off of the debut album Yesterday's Gone
, with "Ain't Nothing Changed" and "No CD" already out in addition to "Florence."
The album looks to be a display of more of the authenticity and honesty that Loyle has put out so far. The tracklist features several London counterparts as well as "Mum & Dad," promising an album full of musical and emotional moments. Coyle-Larner's sentimental approach is coming through in his music, but also beyond it. The artist spends spare time in a program teaching kids with ADHD and anxiety how to cook, which helped him through struggles in his earlier years. Nothing like a sweet story to give you even more reason to listen to a talented up and coming artist.
Having shared stages with MF DOOM and Joey Bada$$, among others, Loyle Carner has the experience and seems ready for a big break. Yesterday's Gone
will be out January 20th, and is available for preorder now through LoyleCarner.com
. Though "The Isle of Arran" hasn't made it to some services yet, it's available on Apple Music/iTunes and you can listen on BBC Radio 1 above. Loyle Carner will be on a UK tour in February, check out the dates below.
02.02 | Workmans Club | Dublin
02.03 | Garage | Glasgow
02.04 | Liquid Room | Edinburgh
02.05 | Riverside | Newcastle
02.07 | O2 Academy | Oxford
02.08 | Belgrave Music Hall | Leeds
02.09 | Academy 2 | Manchester
02.11| Waterfront | Norwich
02.12 | Motion | Bristol
02.13 | The Hub | Plymouth
02.15 | Engine Rooms | Southampton
02.16 | O2 Institute 2 | Birmingham
02.17 | Shepherds Bush Empire | London
02.18 | Shepherds Bush Empire | London