Today’s new music spotlight is on Leyma.

Location: LONDON

Line-up: Max Hanley (vocals, production, instrumentation)

About: British solo artist Leyma (born Max Hanley) is an exciting new talent from East London. Creating music since the age of nine, today the 18-year-old has crafted his own lo-fi sound, fusing hip-hop, indie and R&B with his uniquely observational and personal lyrics.

Leyma made his debut in November 2017 with ‘W O R S T’, a 4-track EP, recorded and self-produced in his bedroom. The self-released single ‘youtreatme’ was featured on Spotify’s Fresh Finds playlist, receiving over 100k listens in just two weeks, with now over 295k to date and rising.

Drawing influence from everyday surroundings and those closest to him, Leyma can often be heard recounting struggles amongst the youth culture of today. With Leyma engrossed in that very same scene, he’s gained a loyal fanbase, which has made him one of the most exciting and relevant acts currently emerging from the Capital.

What Hidden Herd say: A track that personifies the oh-so palpable melancholia of London’s youth, ‘ExtraExtra’ offers a look into some of the freshest talent coming out of the capital; an accessible lo-fi blend of hip hop and indie.

For fans of: Magnus Chapple, Jamie T


Latest track: ‘ExtraExtra’