As vocalists go, 2011 has been a mammoth year for a clutch of artists who a short 12 months ago were relatively unknown commodities to the majority. Looking back over previous posts artists like Ghostpoet and Katy B have since boarded express trains to stardom with Mercury Music nominations now under their belts. Yet the next generation are already beginning to emerge and one lady who’s really stepping up is South Londoner Jessie Ware, who began turning heads when she reigned supreme on one of SBTRKT‘s earliest tracks “Nervious” which, if you havent heard before, is a ridiculously tasty slice of new wave Garage that accelerates through the motions imperiously, an absolute jam of a tune.
Although “Nervous” may have been making waves for almost a year now, it wasnt until Bristol’s esteemed Dubstep don Joker showcased a track off his long awaited LP that we first caught glimpse of her ability. Titled “The Vision”, Joker takes things into unknown territory, flexing his customary muscular bass alongside Ware’s somewhat apocalyptic vocal she takes full control and had DJ’s like Zane Lowe and Mistajam throwing out warnings as soon as it dropped (see her kill it live at the Boiler Room here).
Also stepping up alongside the soulful tones of Sampha (essentially one half of SBTRKT) on the sweetly melodic “Valentine” – a tune which will touch you in a loving sort of way (odd that) she featured on “Right Thing To Do” off of the album of the summer, SBTRKT’s styalistic self-titled debut.
If “Right Thing To Do” was the track that successfully had people rocking raves and parties this summer, then hotly anticipated Solo entry “Strangest Feeling” is the tune which will tug at your heart strings so intimately you’ll likely be looking for the nearest doorway to your bedroom.
Its exactly what she would’ve wanted as a first single, melodic and broody, deep yet slow-moving, and significantly the best way possible to demonstrate how diverse an artist you really are. As a female artist developing through a similar vein as one Katy B, it does beg the question as to whether she could become as popular as the aforementioned? Judging from pretty much all the material so far we’d conclude yes!
Being released through the brilliantly progressive PMR Records on November 21st (also home to messrs L-Vis 1990, Julio Bashmore & Two Inch Punch) its an exciting starter from an artist we’re now expecting big things from for 2012.
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