JORJA SMITH

JORJA SMITH

'Meet Jorja Smith, the UK’s Newest R&B Star: There aren’t many young singer/songwriters around at the moment that can, in the space of a couple of songs, reference grime royalty Dizzee Rascal and 17th-century composer Henry Purcell, and do it seemingly so effortlessly.' --

'Most recently, she made the jump to London full-time after finishing school, and announced herself to the world with “Blue Lights”, a deliciously downtempo slice of R&B written as part of a school project asking students to dissect the legacy of post-colonialism in grime. The track won high-profile admirers including Skrillex and Stormzy on its way to racking up half a million plays on Soundcloud in January, and came with an affecting video that explored the roles that society expects black men to play.

Now Smith is back with another new track, “A Prince”, which draws on a different kind of royal fanfare – it turns on a sample of Henry Purcell’s “A Prince of Glorious Race Descended”, written for the Duke of Gloucester’s sixth birthday in 1695. Pitched down and exquisitely paired with Smith’s smoky, jazz-tinged vocals (with a guest verse from Maverick Sabre), it sounds like something Danger Mouse might have cooked up if he’d ever got round to working with Amy Winehouse.' --Dazed & Confused

plus DJ Aaron Axelsen (popscene, Live105)

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