Featured artist: KAWALA

Who?

KAWALA (Kah-wah-lah) are known individually as Daniel McCarthy and Jim Higson.

What?

Enchanting, sun-drenched indie-pop.

Where?

North London.

What’s the story?

Kentish Town duo KAWALA are the musical equivalent of the beer garden pint when it’s 28 degrees outside and all your mates have the day off work. They just have a knack for hitting that melodic soft spot which makes them insuppressibly listenable all day long.

The pair met first at Leeds College of Music before deciding between themselves that it wasn’t for them. Instead, they dropped out together and returned to London to start the band.

Shortly after came their first single Small Death, which was met with a chorus of approval from CLASH, Wonderland and BBC Radio 6 Music, and proved their move into music was going to be fruitful.

It also paved the way for sell-out London shows and has helped make them into one of the biggest taste-making names in the game over the last six months.

Justifying the hype entirely, the pair have just released their debut EP D.I.L.Y.D, a momentous offering full of hypnotic guitar licks and stirring vocal harmonies, which comes to us from Mahogany Records.

Sitting at just four tracks, the record is an enticing, albeit brief, glimpse into a promising career for the pair.

KAWALA are on the road this summer to hit up the festival circuit and showcase their music in its natural habitat.

Having sold out their third headline appearance at London venue Omeara in April and smashing a run of early-summer festival dates including The Great Escape, Live At Leeds and Dot to Dot Festival, 2018 looks like a big’un.

Sounds like?

Simon & Garfunkel for the Urban Outfitters generation. Bombay Bicycle Club indie-goodness thrown in with Ben Howard’s BBC Radio 1-friendly folk.

Predicted to?

Smash every single outdoor summer festival slot they have and bring a much-needed slither of happiness to these dark, dark times.

Must hear?

While EP opener and debut single, Small Death is essential listening – Funky is the standout offering from the band thus far.