Written by May Mansour
Captivating, melodic instrumentals and a voice radiating with a unique tonality and articulation; Layal is an upcoming Egyptian artist based in London, taking on the UK music scene with a distinct and contemporary sound. With influences ranging from a collection of genres and artists from her Egyptian roots (evident in some of her lyrics) and Western sentiments of dreamy synth-pop, all the way to reggae and Caribbean allure. Layal aims to bring about romantic, positive energy to her listeners that cannot be downplayed to one specific genre.
For a couple of years now, Layal has been releasing acoustic and lo-fi covers of songs by all kinds of artists such as Britney Spears, Fleetwood Mac, Erykah Badu, Rihanna, and Jorja Smith. After the release of her first original three singles throughout 2020, “The Sun & The Moon”, “Roots of Desire”, and “No Good For Me”, Layal caught the attention and support of several media outlets and radio shows. Gaining momentum with her magnetising sound and charismatic presence, the emerging artist released her fourth single “Escape” earlier today; a mellow and mesmerising serenade song about infatuation.
Layal is on the brink of blossoming into a fully realised powerhouse, and certainly one to look out for.