It is She that first made our heart skip some beats back late 2012, the moment we fell in love with Laura Mvula. Since then we shared this lady with the rest of the world whilst she convinced more and more of her talent. The outstanding She is now being re-released as a proper single and with that comes a new video: while you saw a young boy witnessing Laura Mvula and a choir performing the song in a church in Africa in the first video, this new one tells more of a story of a young girl and her love.
Robin Hannibal, one half of Rhye, infects Laura Mvula's stunning She with a bit of subtle funk, which gives the song a bit of a new edge and puts Laura’s original composition in a whole new light. Focusing on the “she don’t stop” bit, he blops and bleeps it through a floating production - it almost makes you wanna dance, but you’ll definitely swoon along. (via)
Laura Mvula picks up her dance moves once more for the video for new single That’s Alright, another delicious song off her Sing To The Moon. It’s almost like a modern r&b-infused kind of tango, until she jumps into some kind of spring and ends up in a darker world with a beautiful red dress.
It’s pretty obvious we are huge fans of Laura Mvula - just click here if you need more visual proof. Her debut LP Sing To The Moon is out now and well worth the purchase, as it offers a truly unique and beautiful experience. Director Rankin’ loves her too, as he invited her to do a 3-track session for his Hunger TV - we already saw Laura perform solo renditions of her She and Father, Father, today she performs a stunning version of album closer Diamonds in the dark for the final installment in the series.
Laura Mvula strips down Michael Jackson’s Human Nature to the bare essence for Radio 1’s Live Lounge. Yes, we just can’t get enough of this woman. Sing To The Moon is out next week and we can confirm it’s even better than you’re expecting it to be.
We feel like we’ve written something about Laura Mvula every week since we first heard her debut single She - while that actually may be true, every reason to write about her is a good one. With her latest single Green Garden comes an equally up-tempo and fun video, with Laura Mvula and some dancers doing choreography in an abandoned Drumming dancers join the team and the lot head to the woods for some more fun and dancing. The smiles on everyone’s faces speak for themselves.
In this second session for Rankin’s Hunger TV, DN favorite Laura Mvula performs a simply stunning rendition of Father Father with nothing with a piano and that stunning voice of hers. This is just pure gold. Sing To The Moon is out on March 4, we’re basically clearing our schedule for that entire week so we can just spend it in our beds with this album on repeat.
We already saw our beloved Laura Mvula perform groovy new song Green Garden in session for the BBC, but this album version is just as magnificent. After the delicate She EP we didn’t expect Laura Mvula to turn into a more R&B-oriented direction, but we very much approve of Green Garden and hope there are more gems like this on her forthcoming full-length Sing To The Moon to switch up the pace every now and then. We get why she feels like the "geeky kid of R&B" now.
Women have always been the more intriguing race when it comes to music (in our humble opinion), so it was very hard to narrow down our list to just five acts. Because of it being so hard we decided to make a small exception for this list and tip six acts instead of five. We present you our Sound of 2013: The Girls.
PS: Solange and Sky Ferreira are obviously going to be huge (HUGE) but we left them out this list because a) it would be stating the obvious b) they both released a lot of things already and we focus on acts that have barely anything out.
PPS: This was our last Sound of 2013 post - you can find all of them right here.
Cameroon-born R&B-singer Lorine Chia surprised us earlier this year with one hell of a mixtape titled Lorine which has been on repeat ever since we first heard it. It’s classic R&B mixtape with classic R&B influences - she doesn’t need any gimmick to shine, something we admire in this 19 year old girl. We really do hope more people recognise the talent of Lorine Chia; 2013 might just become her year.
As soon as we heard the first note of Laura Mvula’s debut single She, we were sold. A soothing voice, beautiful harmonies and touching lyrics - it was hard not to fell in love with this lady. Her four track EP was more of the same overwhelming beauty; a full-length will
probably definitely break our hearts.
The second we heard Laura Welsh sing, we fell in love with her. It’s pretty obvious she has lots of potential (yes, we can tell that from yes a handful of songs) and is destined to become quite big in 2013. She reminds us of Florence + The Machine in a way, but her music is far more intimate and romantic. “It’s the sound of her hearts getting louder” sings the 20-something in Hollow Drum - we think that basically says it all.
D E N A
D E N A made us dance all throughout the year. When we first heard her ages ago she got us moving already thanks to Boyfriend and Games, but Cash, Diamond Rings, Swimming Pools made us climb on that bar for sure. Our personal summer hit of 2012, we’re eager to find out what she does to our body in 2013 (in a non-sexual way, of course).
MØ conquered the blogosphere in a rush with her infectious Pilgrim, which eventually led to a bidding war (and Sony winning it). This Copenhagen-born singer is being called “the Danish Grimes” but is far more rhythm-oriented and a lot less blips and bleeps than the latter. We’re eager to hear what MØ has up her sleeve but confident we’ll be dancing as soon as we hear it.
Lulu James is a London singer with tunes that dabble inbetween pop and dubstep without sounding too much like either of them - the result is an energetic, soulful sound. She sure has the voice to sing on such heavy tracks, plus the production is this well done it’s a great balance of, eh, everything.
It should be pretty obvious by now that we are huge fans of Laura Mvula and think she will be a “big deal” in 2013 - her 4-track debut EP is out next Monday, yet we’ve already heard two gems off it: She and Touching The Morning Dew. The former of these has been graced with an equally beautiful video shot by Damian Weilers in Montagu, Western Cape (South Africa).