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piri & tommy
OriginLondon, England
Genres
Years active2021-2023
LabelsPolydor
Members
Websitepiriandtommy.com

piri & tommy (stylised in lowercase) were an English drum and bass group, formed in 2021. The group was formed of Sophie "piri" McBurnie and Tommy Villiers. The pair charted at number 99 in the Official UK Charts with their single "on & on".[1] They released their debut mixtape froge.mp3 in October 2022.[2] PinkPantheress and Charli XCX are fans of the group.[3] They have received a total of over 31 million streams on Spotify,[4] and can be heard frequently on the BBC Radio 1 playlist.[4][5]

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Piri (singer)

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Sophie McBurnie is a singer and internet personality from Rochdale. She had a No. 99 hit as half of piri & tommy with "on & on". Her TikTok has over 419,000 followers. She is a member of "Loud LDN", a collective of London-based female and non-binary creatives.

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Spotify

Spotify

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BBC Radio 1

BBC Radio 1

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History

McBurnie and Villiers first met in 2021 through Instagram when McBurnie found Villiers' account, messaged him, and they later started dating.[6] They then formed the group after discussing their shared love for dance artists like Disclosure and Kaytranada.[6] Their first single "soft spot" received over 18 million streams on Spotify[7] most of which coming from the song being used in a large number of TikTok videos, including by celebrities such as Molly-Mae Hague.[8] Rebecca Black also gave a shout-out to the song.[9] Further singles include "on & on"[10] as well as "beachin".[11] These then became the three singles from their debut mixtape "froge.mp3", which they released in October 2022.[2] They performed at the 2022 Reading Festival,[12] and were later signed to Polydor Records.[13] In November 2022, piri and tommy released a cover version of Charli XCX's song "Unlock It" which became popular on TikTok with an accompanying dance.[14] piri & tommy were also announced to be a nominee of BBC Radio 1's Sound of 2023 in December 2022, along with other artists like DYLAN, Cat Burns and FLO.[15] In January 2023, McBurnie announced via TikTok that herself and Villiers had split up.[16] Later that month, Sophie stated that they will no longer be a band, and will go backwards to how their Streaming Platform Releases were formatted for their debut single.[17] They also received Breakup Coverage from Capital Dance[18]

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Musical style and influences

Critics categorised the band's music as drum and bass,[6][19] pop,[20] and dance[21]

piri has stated that she grew up with artists such as the Arctic Monkeys however, her current inspiration mainly comes from Disclosure, MJ Cole and PinkPantheress.[9] Tommy lists Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Meters, Ed Rush and Lemon Jelly as some artists he grew up listening to, but says he takes current inspiration from Disclosure and Kaytranada.[9]

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MJ Cole

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PinkPantheress

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PinkPantheress is an English singer, songwriter, and record producer. PinkPantheress' songs, which are frequently short in length and include samples of music from the 1990s and 2000s, span a number of genres, including bedroom pop, drum and bass, alt-pop, and 2-step garage. In 2021, while attending university in London, she posted several songs to TikTok that went viral, including "Break It Off", and she subsequently signed to Parlophone and Elektra Records. Her singles "Just for Me" and "Pain" from her debut mixtape To Hell with It (2021) peaked in the top 40 of the UK Singles Chart and were certified silver by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI). She won BBC's Sound of 2022 poll and has been nominated for three NME Awards.

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Kaytranada

Kaytranada

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Discography

Mixtapes

  • froge.mp3 (2022)

Singles

Title Year Album
"it's a match" 2021 Non-album single
"soft spot" froge.mp3
"beachin" 2022
"words"
"on & on"
"unlock it" Non-album single

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References
  1. ^ "Piri & Tommy". Official Charts. 17 November 2022. Retrieved 17 November 2022.
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  17. ^ "lol x". TikTok. Retrieved 13 January 2023.
  18. ^ "Piri Confirms Breakup with Tommy Villiers". Twitter. Retrieved 10 January 2023.
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