Fast-rising teen sensation pens new deal
Andrew Trendell
15:16 24th October 2014

Fast-rising teen artist Lapsley has penned a record deal with XL Recordings, and announced the release of a new EP. 

For those who haven't heard of Liverpool's Lapsley, the songwriter and producer Holly Fletcher creates electronica that somehow manages to be both minimal and yet still deep, human and packed with character, Lapsley is destined to sweep the world - and she's only 18. 

Now, she's set to follow in the footsteps of The xx, Ibeyi and FKA Twigs by signing to the brilliant XL Recordings, with her new EP The Understudy released on 5 January, 2015. 

Listen to 'Falling Short' below:

The tracklist for The Understudy EP is:
1. Falling Short
2. Brownlow
3. 8896
4. Dancing

For more information, find Lapsley on:

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