Over the last two years, Leicester five-piece Easy Life have carved out their own unique path, blending elements of indie-pop, hip hop, jazz and soul into refreshingly modern bops that have seen them hailed as some of the UK’s shiniest new hopefuls. While 2018 mixtape ‘Creature Habits’ and this year’s follow-up ‘Spaceships’ glistened with promise, it’s ‘Junk Food’ that shows the group exercising their true exciting potential. Led by vocalist Murray Matravers’ sharp and heartfelt lyricism, the grooves are sleeker and the ensemble is tighter, resulting in a mixtape that leans even more towards meticulously crafted chilled out vibes than their previous releases. The Arlo Parks-featuring ‘Sangria’ is the undoubted standout, her delicate smoky vocals playing off of Murray’s confident rap-like delivery to stunning results. ‘Nice Guys’ and ‘Earth’ are infectiously groove-heavy earworms, and piano-led ‘Dead Celebrities’ is sure to become a new fan fave. Although people may be gagging for the debut album, ‘Junk Food’ shows you shouldn’t knock another Easy Life mixtape just yet.
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