Cole LC is a young rising singer/rapper who is quickly becoming a force to be reckoned with in the UK music scene. I was first made aware of him in February of last year, when in an A&R meeting at Parlophone Records and they said they were looking to sign him at the time. Since then he has signed with Columbia Records.
Hailing from Leeds, Cole has been very active in the live music scene and used to busk around his home town. Last year he got to perform at a party at Outlook Festival in Croatia, but even more surprisingly, was a contestant on The Voice Kids back in 2017, (Will.I.Am. turned for him).
Since getting singed last year, Cole has been growing from strength to strength, and 2021 is set to be an even bigger year for him. His debut single “Rollin” which was released in September, and features Double Lz of UK Drill group OFB was premiered on Capital Xtra. The official video for the song managed to gain around 60,000 views in the first 24 hours and trended at number 6 on YouTube. It now has over 300,000 views and over 150,000 streams on Spotify. Not bad for a debut.
Like many new artists, people are quick to draw comparisons, and with Cole, one of the main comparisons he gets is Ed Sheeran - but with more of a “Hip-Hop edge”. Whilst Cole doesn’t mind these comparisons, he is quick to say that his music is unique to him. To me, Ed Sheeran seems to be a lazy comparison and one that is only made because they can both rap and sing. Cole is definitely a lot heavier with the rapping. Also, the lyrical content and general theme of the songs are very different.
His latest offering “Grip N Slide” just proves he is getting better and better. The song is an excellent example of when blending multiple genres is done successfully. He manages to merge R&B, Rap and Pop without making it sound forced or contrived, and one can easily imagine a remix being made with some of the hottest UK talent - artists like Deno and J Fado for example.
With an undeniable talent for mixing R&B, Rap and Pop, and a good team behind him, I have no doubt that Cole LC has a bright future ahead of him, and 2021 is hopefully just going to be the start.
By Jack Shephard