Featured in a recent weekly email blast from the music moguls at Motive Unknown, I happened to stumble across an article suggesting that Kobalt Music Group is on the verge of becoming the next major label in town.

But there’s something different about these folks.

For those who have never heard of Kobalt, they are the team behind AWAL, a revolutionary recording company who are redefining the industry through their championing of the independent artist.

Therefore, in tribute to these game changes, this week’s tracks are a reflection of some of our favourite independent musicians right now at SYS.

Editor’s Choice: 

“Loose Ends” by Loyle Carner ft. Jorja Smith

 “I felt a burgeoning sense of pride whilst listening to this new release. As a young person who has grown up in and around Croydon, you become very alert to the fact that people have a certain perception of the area, and at times can be almost snobbish in their critiques. But when all is said and done, Loyle Carner is all the proof you need for a true reflection of life in South London.”


Nick Peters (Bears In Trees): 

“Get Bent” by Fresh

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“A modern-day emo anthem in under two minutes.”

Mikey Tree (deafpony): 

“Found” by PLY

“Matt Simpson has been a good friend of mine for a few years and his new project PLY is his best work yet. His latest single is a real nice lo-fi acoustic track featuring song writing contributions courtesy of Luke Hinchcliffe from the jazz-pop group Argle Bargle, and a sweet trumpet line courtesy of Sam Tidmarsh from Coffee Breath.