For the previous 5 years, the Irish artist Jessica Smyth has been releasing lithe, bilingual (English and Spanish) pop songs underneath the moniker Big Pig to rising acclaim. She was just lately named as a part of the BBC’s Sound of 2023 longlist, andBiga co-founder of certainly one of London’s most exuberant DIY music collectives, NiNE8. Her Bubblegum mixtapeBigBig Pig’s eclectic first full-length, and it’s as buoyant and taut as its titl Likents.
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