When we asked 20-year-old London singer/songwriter/producer Leks Rivers who his influences are, he listed off an eclectic range including Jimi Hendrix, The Supremes, and Michael Jackson. He also likes Azealia Banks, Jai Paul, and Skepta, but he admits that he doesn't listen to a lot of current artists. Despite that, there's a youthful spirit to his music, a product of the fact that he's a self-taught producer who's been figuring out music on his own.
Leks' songs are raw but wildly ambitious—huge choruses and unforgettable melodies feel almost too big for the backdrop, but as Leks keeps learning how to bring everything together, he's going to become a force to be reckoned with. He's already got an immediately recognizable sound and a gift for songwriting, and a little fine-tuning could make him a breakout star in the near future.