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Cosmo Pyke
OriginLondon, England
Instrument(s)Guitar, vocals
Years active2016-present
Websitecosmopyke.com

Cosmo Pyke is an English singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and artist from from London. He gained widespread acclaim for his 2017 EP Just Cosmo which was co-produced with Fraser T. Smith, in association with 70Hz Records. Cosmo’s later releases are via his own label, Pykrete Records.

Biography

Cosmo was born in Peckham, Southeast London. He attended The Brit School for Performing Arts, following famous singer-songwriter alumni Adele, Amy Winehouse, Jamie Woon, Loyle Carner, and more.[1]

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BRIT School

BRIT School

The BRIT School is a British performing and creative arts school located in Selhurst, Croydon, England, with a mandate to provide education and vocational training for the performing arts, music, music technology, theatre, musical theatre, dance, applied theatre, production arts and the creative arts film and media production (FMP), interactive digital design (IDD), visual arts and design (VAD). Selective in its intake, the school is notable for its celebrity alumni.

Adele

Adele

Adele Laurie Blue Adkins is an English singer and songwriter. After graduating in arts from the BRIT School in 2006, Adele signed a record deal with XL Recordings. Her debut album, 19, was released in 2008 and spawned the UK top-five singles "Chasing Pavements" and "Make You Feel My Love". The album was certified 8× platinum in the UK and triple platinum in the US. Adele was honoured with the Brit Award for Rising Star as well as the Grammy Award for Best New Artist.

Amy Winehouse

Amy Winehouse

Amy Jade Winehouse was an English singer and songwriter. She was known for her deep, expressive contralto vocals and her eclectic mix of musical genres, including soul, rhythm and blues and jazz.

Jamie Woon

Jamie Woon

Jamie Woon is a British singer, songwriter, and record producer signed to PMR Records. He gained widespread acclaim in 2010 for his single "Night Air", which was co-produced by Burial, following his previous independent release, the Wayfaring Stranger EP.

Loyle Carner

Loyle Carner

Benjamin Gerard Coyle-Larner, known professionally as Loyle Carner, is an English hip hop musician. After supporting various rappers during their tours, he released his debut album, Yesterday's Gone, in 2017, which garnered a nomination for the 2017 Mercury Prize. He went on to release his second album, Not Waving, but Drowning, in April 2019. Throughout his career, Carner has been nominated for two Brit Awards.

Music Career

His 2017 debut EP Just Cosmo was released in collaboration with renowned producer Fraser T. Smith’s (Easy Life, Kano, Stormzy) 70Hz Recordings, and saw Cosmo tipped by numerous tastemakers. Tracks on the EP are ‘Wish You Were Gone’, ‘Chronic Sunshine’, ‘After School Club’, ‘Social Sites’ and ‘Great Dane’.[2]

In 2017, The Guardian described his sound as, ‘a fusion of jazz, 2-tone, Tyler, the Creator and the Kooks.’[3] Dazed said: ‘Pyke’s songs combine “classical songwriting with a dash of reggae, hip hop, and indie.'[4] Clash commented: 'The Peckham artist excels by channelling a laid back, jazz-inspired vibe, a highly creative songwriting stance that seems to grow with each passing track.'[5]

Cosmo described the EP as: "A documentation of my youth as an ode to my thoughts and feelings, with personal experiences and personal samples. Such as the last track 'Great Dane', which begins and ends with a clip from 'Just William' that I listened to and loved as a child… Fraser T. Smith and I really worked with creating a live sound.”[6]

Ushering in a new chapter in late 2020, Cosmo released the title track from his new EP A Piper For Janet through his own label, Pykrete Records.[7] ‘Piper’ is a reference to artist John Piper; Janet is Cosmo’s beloved late grandmother. The EP was written over a few years while Cosmo was touring across South America and Asia. The rest of the EP was released in January 2021, with the tracklist: ‘A Piper For Janet’, ‘Filet Mignon’, ‘Railroad Tracks’ and ‘Seasick’.[8]

In late 2021, Cosmo was invited to the Brodie Sessions in Denmark to perform an acoustic set paired with the host team’s dreamy audio-visual production. It was released in January 2022.[9] Other artists who have featured in the sessions include José González, Little Dragon and more.

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Fraser T. Smith

Fraser T. Smith

Fraser Thorneycroft-Smith, known professionally as Fraser T. Smith, is an English record producer, songwriter and musician. Some of the singles he collaborated on include Adele's "Set Fire to the Rain", James Morrison's "Broken Strings", Tinchy Stryder's "Number 1" and Taio Cruz's "Break Your Heart". In 2016, Smith teamed up with Stormzy to produce his debut album Gang Signs & Prayer, which won Best Album at the 2018 Brit Awards. Earlier that year he produced seven tracks on Kano's Made in the Manor album and co-produced the debut EP from South London rapper Dave. Smith has also worked with Sam Smith.

Easy Life

Easy Life

Easy Life are an English alternative indie pop group formed in Leicester in 2017. They came second in the 2020 edition of the BBC's Sound of..., an annual music poll of music critics and industry figures to find the most promising new music talent. Their third mixtape, Junk Food, reached No. 7 on the UK Albums Chart a day after its release. Their debut studio album, Life's a Beach, was released on 28 May 2021.

Kano (British musician)

Kano (British musician)

Kaine Brett Robinson, better known as Kano, is a British rapper, songwriter and actor from East Ham, London. A significant contributor to grime music, Kano is widely considered one of the pioneers of grime music and culture, alongside artists such as Wiley and Dizzee Rascal. In 2004, Kano released his debut single "Ps and Qs", which was an underground hit within the grime community.

Stormzy

Stormzy

Michael Ebenezer Kwadjo Omari Owuo Jr., known professionally as Stormzy, is a British rapper, singer and songwriter. In 2014, he gained attention on the UK underground music scene through his Wicked Skengman series of freestyles over classic grime beats.

Dazed

Dazed

Dazed is a bi-monthly British style magazine founded in 1991. It covers music, fashion, film, art, and literature. Dazed is published by Dazed Media, an independent media group known for producing stories across its print, digital and video brands. The company's portfolio includes titles AnOther, Dazed Beauty and NOWNESS. The company's newest division, Dazed Studio, creates brand campaigns across the luxury and lifestyle sectors. Based in London, its founding editors are Jefferson Hack and fashion photographer Rankin.

Clash (magazine)

Clash (magazine)

Clash is a music and fashion magazine and website based in the United Kingdom. It is published four times a year by Music Republic Ltd, whose predecessor Clash Music Ltd went into liquidation.

Pykrete

Pykrete

Pykrete is a frozen ice composite, originally made of approximately 14% sawdust or some other form of wood pulp and 86% ice by weight. During World War II, Geoffrey Pyke proposed it as a candidate material for a supersized aircraft carrier for the British Royal Navy. Pykrete features unusual properties, including a relatively slow melting rate due to its low thermal conductivity, as well as a vastly improved strength and toughness compared to ordinary ice. These physical properties can make the material comparable to concrete, as long as the material is kept frozen.

John Piper (artist)

John Piper (artist)

John Egerton Christmas Piper CH was an English painter, printmaker and designer of stained-glass windows and both opera and theatre sets. His work often focused on the British landscape, especially churches and monuments, and included tapestry designs, book jackets, screen-prints, photography, fabrics and ceramics. He was educated at Epsom College and trained at the Richmond School of Art followed by the Royal College of Art in London. He turned from abstraction early in his career, concentrating on a more naturalistic but distinctive approach, but often worked in several different styles throughout his career.

José González (singer)

José González (singer)

José Gabriel González is a Swedish indie folk singer-songwriter and guitarist from Gothenburg. González is also a member of the band Junip, along with Tobias Winterkorn.

Little Dragon

Little Dragon

Little Dragon are a Swedish electronic music band from Gothenburg, Sweden, formed in 1996. The band consists of Yukimi Nagano, Erik Bodin (drums), Fredrik Wallin (bass) and Håkan Wirenstrand (keyboards).

Press

Music Week 2016
‘[Cosmo’s EP due in 2017] bends his varying influences (Joni Mitchell, 9th Wonder, Mac DeMarco) into a breezy five-track introduction that could be the most interesting thing Fraser T. Smith has] put his name to in years.'[10]

The Line Of Best Fit at The Great Escape 2017
‘Cosmo Pyke is one of the most effortlessly talented acts of the weekend. [He] strokes his guitar as if swishing through water - fitting, really, as his lo-fi jazz-pop easily lulls the crowd into a blissful trance… Pyke sings about the pleasing banalities of life on a wave of fidgety song structures and complex time signatures. While his voice flirts with soul but lacks a polished finish there's a quirky charm to his tone that, judging by the packed-out Prince Albert, has garnered him a whole host of committed fans.’[11]

The Guardian, 2017
‘If Pyke sounds like a refreshingly different kind of artist, then that’s because he is… an extraordinary personality: like his musicianship – simultaneously catchy and slack – he possesses both the brilliant confidence and unconstructed thought process of someone still figuring things out.’[12]

Dazed 100, No.14, 2017
‘This blissed out musical wunderkind is exporting chronic sunshine from his Peckham bedroom… His Just Cosmo EP deals with a range of topics (some darker than others…) but it’s always his playful personality that shines through.’

The NME 100: Essential new music for 2018
‘We’ve decided that these are, without doubt, the 100 new artists rock-solid guaranteed to make 2018 a magnificent year for your ears… [Cosmo Pyke x Chronic Sunshine] Sounds like: Sunshine-filled pop guaranteed to put a spring in your step… there’s reason to believe the artist has the chops to make it to that level [of Frank Ocean, whose video he appeared in].’[13]

Bandwagon Asia, Cosmo makes his mark in Singapore, 2018
“[Cosmo] is one of the many emerging cultural icons of his generation… this gig proved that he was not only masterful at musically encapsulating the wistfulness of youth but also at being a great performer.”[14]

KTSW, A Piper For Janet EP review, 2021
“Pyke has leveled up exponentially… This [title track] feels huge… Cosmo’s soulful songwriting ability shines the most through [track Filet Mignon]... the genius behind the lyricism in this song is evident… [On song Railroad Tracks] Pyke does this [scream] so effortlessly you would think he was a hall of fame rockstar… this record has the markings of a future legend and a household name… [Seasick sounds like] something composed by the great Frank Zappa…’[15]

Fraser T. Smith via Music Business Worldwide ‘MBW World’s Greatest Producers’, 2022
‘I’ve just been very fortunate to be around great artists… with my label, 70Hz… I’m able to shine a spotlight on incredible talent. And that must always, in some way, shine… It doesn’t always have to be a Dave or a Stormzy. It could be Cosmo Pyke, whose first EP we did. It could be Claire Maguire…”[16]

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Music Week

Music Week

Music Week is a trade publication for the UK record industry distributed via a website and a monthly print magazine. It is published by Future.

Joni Mitchell

Joni Mitchell

Roberta Joan "Joni" Mitchell is a Canadian-American singer-songwriter and painter. Drawing from folk, pop, rock, classical music, and jazz, Mitchell's songs often reflect on social and philosophical ideals as well as her feelings about romance, womanhood, disillusionment and joy. She has received many accolades, including ten Grammy Awards and induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997. Rolling Stone called her "one of the greatest songwriters ever", and AllMusic has stated, "When the dust settles, Joni Mitchell may stand as the most important and influential female recording artist of the late 20th century".

9th Wonder

9th Wonder

Patrick Denard Douthit, better known as 9th Wonder, is a hip hop record producer, record executive, DJ, and rapper from North Carolina. He began his career as the main producer for the group Little Brother in Durham, North Carolina, and has also worked with Jean Grae, Wale, Murs, Buckshot, Erykah Badu, David Banner, Rapsody, and Talib Kweli. As of 2010, 9th Wonder raps under the name of 9thmatic. 9th Wonder's production often builds on samples from artists such as Al Green and Curtis Mayfield.

Mac DeMarco

Mac DeMarco

MacBriare Samuel Lanyon "Mac" DeMarco is a Canadian singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer. DeMarco has released six full-length studio albums, his debut Rock and Roll Night Club (2012), 2 (2012), Salad Days (2014), Another One (2015), This Old Dog (2017), and Here Comes the Cowboy (2019). His style of music has been described as "blue wave" and "slacker rock", or, by DeMarco himself, "jizz jazz".

Fraser T. Smith

Fraser T. Smith

Fraser Thorneycroft-Smith, known professionally as Fraser T. Smith, is an English record producer, songwriter and musician. Some of the singles he collaborated on include Adele's "Set Fire to the Rain", James Morrison's "Broken Strings", Tinchy Stryder's "Number 1" and Taio Cruz's "Break Your Heart". In 2016, Smith teamed up with Stormzy to produce his debut album Gang Signs & Prayer, which won Best Album at the 2018 Brit Awards. Earlier that year he produced seven tracks on Kano's Made in the Manor album and co-produced the debut EP from South London rapper Dave. Smith has also worked with Sam Smith.

The Line of Best Fit

The Line of Best Fit

The Line of Best Fit is an independent online magazine based in London, concentrating on new music.

The Great Escape Festival

The Great Escape Festival

The Great Escape Festival is a three-day music festival held in Brighton and Hove, England every year in May. It is operated by MAMA Festivals and showcases new music from a variety of genres. The festival was founded in 2006 and roughly hosts 300 bands across 30 venues throughout the city. It has been likened to South by Southwest.

Dazed

Dazed

Dazed is a bi-monthly British style magazine founded in 1991. It covers music, fashion, film, art, and literature. Dazed is published by Dazed Media, an independent media group known for producing stories across its print, digital and video brands. The company's portfolio includes titles AnOther, Dazed Beauty and NOWNESS. The company's newest division, Dazed Studio, creates brand campaigns across the luxury and lifestyle sectors. Based in London, its founding editors are Jefferson Hack and fashion photographer Rankin.

NME

NME

New Musical Express (NME) is a British music, film, gaming, and culture website and brand. Founded as a newspaper in 1952, with the publication being referred to as a 'rock inkie', the NME would become a magazine that ended up as a free publication, before becoming an online brand which includes its website and radio stations.

KTSW

KTSW

KTSW is a radio station broadcasting an Alternative format. Licensed to San Marcos, Texas, United States, it serves the San Marcos and New Braunfels areas. The station is owned by Texas State University. Originally based in Old Main, KTSW 89.9 has moved into the newly renovated Trinity building in the fall of 2016. Its radio transmitter is located in New Braunfels on the Guadalupe County, Texas side.

Frank Zappa

Frank Zappa

Frank Vincent Zappa was an American musician, composer, and bandleader. His work is characterized by nonconformity, free-form improvisation, sound experiments, musical virtuosity and satire of American culture. In a career spanning more than 30 years, Zappa composed rock, pop, jazz, jazz fusion, orchestral and musique concrète works, and produced almost all of the 60-plus albums that he released with his band the Mothers of Invention and as a solo artist. Zappa also directed feature-length films and music videos, and designed album covers. He is considered one of the most innovative and stylistically diverse musicians of his generation.

Music Business Worldwide

Music Business Worldwide

Music Business Worldwide (MBW) is a global music industry news and analysis website launched in 2015 by former Music Week editor Tim Ingham. As of December 2020, it ranked 22,845 in the list of most visited global websites according to Alexa Internet.

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  3. ^ "Cosmo Pyke Interview, 2017". The Guardian. 11 May 2017.
  4. ^ "Cosmo Pyke, Dazed 100 profile". Dazed. 30 March 2017.
  5. ^ "Cosmo Pyke Excels On Jazz-Tinged Creation 'Great Dane'". Clash magazine. 13 September 2017.
  6. ^ "Cosmo Pyke interview, 2017". The Independent. 24 February 2017.
  7. ^ "Pykrete Records". Discogs.
  8. ^ "A Piper For Janet EP". Spotify.
  9. ^ "Cosmo Pyke x Brodie Sessions, 2022". Brodie Sessions.
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  11. ^ "The Great Escape 2017: Our Highlights, 2022". The Line Of Best Fit.
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  13. ^ "The NME 100: Essential new music for 2018". NME. 19 January 2018.
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  15. ^ "A Piper For Janet EP review, 2021". KTSW. 3 April 2021.
  16. ^ "MBW: World's Greatest Producers x Fraser T. Smith interview, June 2022". Music Business Worldwide. 16 June 2022.

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