Rex Orange County

Fed up of school and his sleepy hometown, Alex O’Connor started Rex Orange County in his mid-teens, uploading his bedroom-produced debut ‘bcos u will never b free’ to Bandcamp after falling in love with Frank Ocean’s ‘Channel Orange’ and productions by Thundercat and Toro Y Moi. After his debut release drew him towards collaborators like Badbadnotgood, Benny Blanco and Two Inch Punch, Rex began putting together the bones of his debut album proper; a collection that hones in on “general positivity”, meeting a girl, discovering London and breaking free from boredom – ‘Apricot Princess’. Swinging between up-tempo full-band jams to lazy, guitar-and-vocal love songs, the album showcases the range of an artist beyond his 18 years.