Colour us impressed. After pricking ears with his striking first single ‘Love Spoons’, exhilarating newcomer Dylan Cartlidge has returned with something bigger and bolder.

The 22-year-old multi-talented singer’s new tune ‘Strawberry Blonde Snip’ is a magnificent genre-muddling concoction – a wonky and lackadaisical mix that veers between Mac DeMarco, Outkast, Jamie T and Gorillaz, sounding like it was put together in the Deep South rather than a tiny town in Teesside.

With this infectious second single out now and ready to listen to below, we caught up with Dylan Cartlidge to dig a little deeper.

‘Strawberry Blonde Snip’ is superb. How did the track come about?

“Thank you very much. It was my first time having a computer program for my music and using it to write a song. I didn’t understand very much about it and did things that maybe somebody who knew how to use it would raise their eyebrows at, but the song was made and I thought it sounded cool.”

How did you start out in music?

“I decided I wanted to be a rapper after writing my first rap in primary school – around 8 or 9 years old.”

What impact has Redcar had on your sound?

“It really broadened my horizons musically after coming strictly from an urban/chart background.”

Who are the Top 5 biggest influences on your sound right now?

“Kid Cudi, Stromae, Lupe Fiasco, Jack White and Muse.”

Any other new bands that you’ve played with and would recommend?

“Allusondrugs, Joy Crookes, Hak Baker, Llovers… do it.”

And finally, what does the remainder of 2017 hold for Dylan Cartlidge?

“New music, new shows.”