Today, our new music spotlight is on Hayes & Y
Location: Manchester (via Bulgaria and Finland)
Line-up: Radoslav Lozanksi (guitar), Ivailo Deley (bass), Blagoslav Anastasov (vocals/guitar) and Dennis Hallbäck (drums)
About: With band members that hail from as far afield as Bulgaria and Finland before settling in Manchester, Hayes & Y collect their influences to create their very own sound. Their strong chemistry and rich musicality are manifest in their effortlessly sleek, immediate and addictive brand of pop – which has been compared to the likes of Jungle and Nile Rogers – with CLASH going on to comment on their “infectious funky yacht pop, their bleached out sound recalls everyone from Jungle to Kool & The Gang.’
What Hidden Herd say: There are few tracks out there that garner an immediate recognisability – ‘Blue’ is an instantaneous mood shifter that grabs you from the first riff. On ‘Blue’, Hayes & Y channel the delectable 80’s, bringing you crisp-cut percussion and synths dripping in liquid gold.
For fans of: Arcade Hearts, Jungle
Latest track: ‘Blue’