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xskarma Reveals Captivating New Track “Hello”



Charles Grimsdale AKA xskarma is a songwriter/producer/drummer from Bristol, UK, creating a blend of indie pop and trip hop, driven by quirky retro funk-inspired beats. He is also a tech entrepreneur who co-founded one of Europe’s first streaming services, OD2, alongside Peter Gabriel. He is an active technology investor and is non-exec Chairman of on-demand vinyl platform elasticStage. He is also passionate about conservation and tackling climate change, and with previous single “Changing”, he has partnered with OneTreePlanted and donates all streaming revenue for the track towards planting trees in Uganda to help restore some of the most important forest for Chimpanzees.

Filtered drum grooves, wobbly synth pads and deep, punchy basslines are the foundation of many of xskarma’s tracks, and he draws inspiration from bands such as Portishead, Massive Attack, Zero 7, Morcheeba, Lamb and Tame Impala. xskarma only started releasing music in 2020 and already has a multitude of releases under his belt and a fast-growing audience. Looking to build on his momentum, he has just unveiled his brand-new single and first release of 2023, “Hello”.

“Hello” was written and produced by xskarma and features vocals from glasscat. Featuring a smooth, downtempo beat, the track commands attention in the first few seconds and is elevated further once glasscat’s captivating voice kicks in. The track also stands out for its infectious and almost hypnotic chorus. A must-hear single, “Hello” will no doubt draw in new fans for xskarma as it becomes clearer with each release that he is one to watch.

Speaking further on “Hello”, xskarma says, “The track is about the unspoken darkness in a relationship and how sometimes a partner can seem distant and distracted, living in a parallel universe. The inspiration came from a glitchy Timbaland track. I then played the live drum beat as an evolution of that and built the rest from there.” “Hello” is available to buy/stream now on all platforms:

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Archie Ray Returns with New Single “End of the Line”



Cornwall’s Archie Ray kicked off the new year on a high note with “End of the Line.” “End of the Line” marks the end of his three-year hiatus. The Indie record is a radio hit in the making.

“End of the Line” is an inspirational, soothing body of work. It is a song that urges listeners to not give up and to keep striving for success. The record is the perfect comeback song as it eludes to the fact that even after not releasing music since 2021, singer-songwriter Archie Ray has been and will keep chasing his dreams. “‘End of the Line’ is a song that showcases the journey from the small town streets ‘to the next big city,’ the drive, and perseverance to do so, and wanting to take friends, family, and the audience to a positive future.” Archie Ray continues, “While the message is aiming for success and the path to getting there, the song also drives themes of home and getting older, and the vulnerability of that ‘I don’t see what you see in me, so I will go do as I’m told.'”

“End of the Line” is laced with elements of various genres of music such as Folk, Pop, and Rock. Archie Ray showcases his polished, emotive vocals within “End of the Line,” making the song very catchy and sing-along sounding. “End of the Line” serves as a prelude to his latest release, “Queen of Hearts.” Just as the lyrics within “End of the Line” suggest, Archie Ray is not done yet, and “End of the Line” is not the end of the line for the budding crooner. So, fans rejoice as Archie Ray is back for good.

Follow Archie Ray on Instagram (@archieraymusic).

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