Toby Corton – Kill Your Darlings

One of the UK’s most interesting soul and jazz prospects of late has been singer-songwriter Toby Corton, who has just unveiled his latest single.

‘Kill Your Darlings’ looks at our human desire to evolve, and how we must shed the things that make us feel safe so that we can allow ourselves to grow.

“At its core, the song is about this idea that sometimes in order to grow, we need to cast off the things we hold dear. For me it’s about getting out of your comfort zone and assessing relationships that in the moment can provide comfort, but ultimately hold you back from getting to the place you want to be. During lockdown, I was holed up and spending a lot of time in the absence of entertainment or opportunity to get out and perform, so I was very much in an introspective headspace, doing a lot thinking. I was really taking stock of where I was at and where I wanted to go or be, thinking about the things holding me back and trying to get myself in alignment.” 

‘Kill Your Darlings’ is taken from Corton’s upcoming ‘Don’t Blame Me’ EP, which is scheduled for release later this spring.

To date, Corton has received praise from the likes of Wonderland, NOTION, Clash and Dazed magazines, and also performed in spaces as iconic as Servant Jazz Quarters and the Roundhouse.

Toby Corton

Toby Corton – Guessing Games

A mix of genres blend together seamlessly on Toby Corton’s ‘Guessing Games’. With an infectiously memorable melody and smooth vocals, this could well be one of my favourite songs of the week.

Toby Corton

New Music: Toby Corton

A refreshingly original fusion of neo-soul and indie from emerging UK queer creative Toby Corton.

Beautifully melodic ‘Cherub Child’ reflects the process that queer members of society go through where their instinctive, pure, innocent and angelic ways of expressing themselves are put through the constrictive filter of growing up in a straight world.

 “I think I was very aware even from a young age that I was queer, even if I didn’t know the word or what it meant, I had a constant feeling of difference. Even now, although less and less, I catch myself in certain situations tacitly apologising or obfuscating my queerness so it’s not the first thought someone has about me, because for a very long time my first thoughts in every social situation was, ‘do you think they can tell? Will they treat me differently when they do know’. Therefore, I’m very much singing to myself, telling myself to keep going and following my queer-intuition.”

Toby Corton