Dylan Cartlidge is a singer, rapper, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist with a bristly mix of vintage soul and rock informed by working-class hip-hop. Featured on BBC Two's The Mighty Redcar, he signed a major publishing deal during the documentary's production, and in 2019 issued the Monsters Under the Bed EP through Glassnote Records.
Cartlidge wrote his first raps at age 13 and threw himself into music the next year, after he moved to the coastal town of Redcar in North Yorkshire, England. Within a few years, he was also producing tracks. Through a deal with Halftime Music, he made his recorded debut in 2017 with the paired songs "Love Spoons" and "Strawberry Blonde's Snip." Scratch, Sniff, a three-song EP, followed in 2018. The same year, BBC Two broadcast the BAFTA-nominated four-part documentary series The Mighty Redcar, the first episode of which featured Cartlidge as one of the de-industrialized town's hard-working natives. Exposed to a whole new audience and supported by a publishing deal with Universal, Cartlidge responded in 2019 with the four-track Monsters Under the Bed EP. ~ Andy Kellman