Léks Rivers is a Londoner serving up a whole new strain of soul and he’s here to prove to sceptics, who have long stopped looking to the West of the capital for innovation, wrong. Released this autumn, his single ‘No Rest For The Wicked’, taken from his debut EP ‘Badlands’, is a raw, sombre take on a love gone bad and it comes with a dark, searing rhythm that just can’t go unnoticed.
The echo of a howling wolf escorts Rivers, who wanders the woods, shovel-in-hand, looking for a spot to bury his demons – and a love that no longer seems possible. ‘No Rest For The Wicked’ comes with video that gradually grows more gloomy and haunting – but it’s the music that really gives listeners goosebumps.
Rivers’ sharp alternative take on dance and soul here is miles away from both starry-eyed romance and sparkling glitter, rather borrowing the sinister, electric energy from slow, dangerous, gutsy rock’ n’ roll. The electronics still offer plenty of swaying beats with a cutting urban edge, flawlessly complementing Rivers’ vision – one that is bold, fierce, passionate and cinematic.