In The Spotlight

ili – “Tongue Tied”

Born in Glasgow as Emily Middlemas, this Scottish singer and songwriter has been performing since the age of 9. At 13 she started writing her own songs. She auditioned for The X-Factor in 2014, reaching judge’s houses. Two years later she tried again, this time reaching 4th place. Inspired by Fleetwood Mac, Queen and Electric Light Orchestra, she debuted her new name on her single “A Little Bit” in 2019.

Describing the early stages of falling in love, when the butterflies are flying, but you’re not yet ready to proclaim your feelings out loud, her sparkling new single is an upbeat earworm. With an interesting fusion of retro 80s pop with modern elements, it’s the neon disco beat, luminous synths and an infectious bass line that serves as a vehicle for her refreshing, storytelling vocals to shine.

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