ELKAE is an emerging electronic soul artist songwriter and producer setting out in a genre of her own.
Taking inspiration from the music world and settings around her, she combines ambient production and live instrumentation to set her apart from the crowd. Bass and synth driven beats run parallel to her powerful soulful voice to consume the listener and immerse them in her world.
After launching in Summer 2018, Laura Keane, aka ELKAE played at Electric Picnic and released her debut single, ‘Sold’, which made to the Spotify playlist “A Breath of Fresh Eire” and has since accumulated over 19k streams on Spotify.
ELKAE played to a sold out crowd at her debut headline in The Sound House and was SPIN103.8’s “One To Watch” on Plan B and received national and international radio play (Spin 103.8, 98fm, fm104, 2fm, 2xm, Bang on Berlin & more). She has been featured on the likes of Hot Press, Nialler9, The Irish Times, Remy, IMRO, The Last Mixed Tape, and was a top 10 finalist in the IMRO Christy Hennessy Songwriting competition in 2018.
ELKAE went on to release her second single, “I Feel” on the 24th of April 2019. “I Feel” was featured on the above music blogs, radio stations and also got her first International coverage in the US (TrippleX music blog) and the UK (DiscoverNu) & was shared by La Belle Musique (France 2.2m total followers). “I Feel” was also added to new Irish radio stations “PLAY IRISH” ‘A List’ and named 1 of 10 must listen to tracks among artists such as The Cranberries, Gavin James, Le Boom, AE MAK, Loah and Mango x MathMan.
ELKAE was recently featured in the latest issue of The Irish Times and Hot Press, and named “an exciting new force in Irish Music.”. This coming Summer, ELKAE has secured festival slots at Independence 2019, We've only Just Begun and Bloom 2019 with more TBA.
Press Quotes/ Achievments
Electro-soul artist ELKAE is an exciting new force in Irish music. With timeless vocals and killer beats, this funky singer/producer has headlined the Sound House and made it to Spotify’s ‘A Breath Of Fresh Éire’ playlist. And with only two singles out so far – 2018’s ‘Sold’ and the recent ‘I Feel’ – she’s just getting started.
Nialler9- ‘Sold’ is the debut single from new electronic soul project ELKAE. Written and performed by Laura Keane, ‘Sold’ is absolutely fantastic. There’s a gorgeous influence of late 70s disco, heard best in the harmonies and rhythms of the chorus section. The verses bring in a more contemporary sense of pop music. Keane’s vocal delivery is precise and fluid. No surprise considering her musical education in BIMM.
Remy- Dublin act ELKAE has been quietly making ripples in the Irish scene in the run up to debut single 'Sold'. If you like, disco, funk, pop, soul and / or all of them mixed together, you should love ELKAE's sound. 'Sold' delivers the feel-good in spades, it's smooth, cheery and suave all at once. She could blow up in 2019.
The Last Mixed Tape:
Set to a hazy, sun-soaked backdrop the vivid electro-soul sound of ‘I Feel’ makes for a compelling return from Elkae that finds her delving further into the lush pop sounds that shaped her previous offerings.
With a vibrant interplay of hooks, moving synth-pop parts and lyrics that convey the myriad of emotions that characterise a summer romance, Elkae’s ‘I Feel’ sets a lasting impression through multi-layered music that flows from beginning to end.
Oiche: SOLD is a testament to how far Laura Keane has come as a musician, and for Elkae to have established what is her own unique sound for this debut single. We beliebe it’s only a tantalising glimpse at what is to come for a promising artist and her career in music.
Achieved A- List & top 10 must listen to tracks on PLAY IRISH
IMRO Christie Hennessy song writing competition Top 10 Finalist
Spin 103.8s ‘One To Watch’
98FM: "Sold is a really really good debut single from ELKAE"
BIMM: Track of the week