ALBUM NEWS: Come Play With Me Records announce ‘Side By Side V3’ Compilation

Leeds label shares first single from Sunkissed Child


Come Play With Me have announced the third volume of their ‘Side by Side’ compilation series: a callout to support women, marginalised genders, people of colour and LGBTQIA+ artists working within Leeds and further afield around the north of England.

The album features a collection of 10 brand new diverse tracks from an exceptionally talented group of artists including Teesside high-flying indie-poppers Komparrison, Ghanaian Afrobeat artist Massimo Youngblood, synth pop duo Babes In Love, trip-hop newcomer NIVVES and R&B artist Shantelle King. Due for release on 19 January 2024, the album will be available both digitally and on limited vinyl via the CPWM website along with various online streaming services.

Eva Davies on ‘Side By Side V3’: – “We’re super excited to announce the third volume of Side By Side, Come Play With Me’s compilation series. Side By Side is our way of not only introducing people to new exciting artists, but enables us to support emerging artists from underrepresented backgrounds. The diversity of the artists means that the albums are always full of a variety of genres, with this volume featuring indie, electronic, singer-songwriters and soul.”

‘Side By Side V3’ is supported with funding from Arts Council England, The National Lottery Social Enterprise Support Fund and PRS Foundation.

Full ‘Side By Side V3’ tracklist:

Carmen McClean – Siren City
Shantelle King – Blossoms
Massimo Youngblood – Pablo
Komparrison – Bubblegum
NIVVES – It’s Inside You
Sunkissed Child – What U Say?
BOSSdaddy – beat 30
Hiranya – Prolonged-Release
Babes In Love – With Me?
Sylvia Yau – Give me you Real (Kamī Remix)

‘Side By Side V3’ is set for release on 19 January 2024 and is available to preorder now


Sunkissed Child

The compilation’s first single comes from Yasmina, also known as Sunkissed Child – a Lebanese artist based in Leeds & London. Through music, she shares snippets of her life through a fusion of cultures, languages & genres, drawing inspiration from Neo-soul, R&B, Hip-Hop, and her Middle Eastern roots.

Since her debut single in 2022, Sunkissed Child has gained significant industry support from prominent figures such as Emily Pilbeam on BBC Introducing in West Yorkshire, Tom Robinson on BBC 6Music, and Jamz Supernova on Selector Radio. Her second single, ‘Monday Grind’, reached the Official Lebanese Top 20, making her one of the youngest independent artists to achieve this feat in the region.

Her latest release ‘What You Say’ delivers a stripped back track that explores uncertainties & unspoken desires in the realm of vulnerable self-discovery. Written during the artist’s early days in the UK, the heartfelt composition explores the nostalgia of young love, crafted through intimate moments with the help of tender bass chords & delicate production. Through thoughtful wording, Yasmina leaves you reflecting the maybes and what-ifs that arise when two souls connect.

Sunkissed Child on ‘What You Say’: – “This single for me offers people a brand new perspective into the world of Sunkissed Child, a delicate, soft, tender, vulnerable and unsure side of myself that I often tend to hide…”

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