Sheffield-born DJ, producer and composer Tom Bell, aka Toddla T, has signed an exclusive songwriting deal with independent publisher Sentric Music.
The deal covers his third full length album, Foreign Light, released last week, as well as previously unpublished work.
With lead vocals from Andrea Martin and spanning genres from hip-hop and grime to disco and soul, the new record boasts an impressive roll call of featured artists including Wiley, Stefflon Don, Coco, Silkki Wondah and Addis Pablo, son of dub legend Augustus Pablo.
Simon Pursehouse, Sentric’s director of music services, said: ‘Being a fellow Sheffielder of a similar age, Toddla was essentially seen as royalty on the local scene during my formative years and for fair reason. It was never in doubt that he was going to achieve what he has and I’m utterly chuffed to be working with him now on the release of his best work to date.
‘The Foreign Light LP is quite simply one of the albums of 2017 and only goes further into concreting his status as one of the most important musicians, producers and general raconteurs we have in the UK’s music industry. Oh, and he’s also bloody lovely, which is a massive bonus.’
Toddla T added: ‘Gassed to be working with Sentric. They’ve already proven themselves with Steeze artist Coco, and to find a team that understands my music and my vision is what it’s all about. They’re truly independent by mind and nature and ahead of the curve.’