Anyone anticipating solo material from Delilah following her best known feature on drum and base duo Chase and Status’s Time will be pleased to know that her debut album is a wildly captivating listen hitting in all the right places. And for those unfamiliar to the 21 year old Hackney hailing singer-songwriter, what awaits is a refreshing genre-blending cocktail of exciting UK talent.
Words by RICHARD
From the Roots Up is triumph of a debut record. It emanates maturity with themes that are at times dark and graphic yet add to the appeal. Tales of love, insecurities and internal turmoil feel honest and true to the artistry of a singer who has admitted recoiling from early temptations to “sex up her image” to draw more attention to her music.
The atmospheric soundscapes, popping baselines and sultry vocals found here have already drawn some to reminisce trip-hop wonders of Massive Attack or Portishead from the late 90′s. And upon listening it becomes strikingly obvious why such analogies have surfaced.
In search of more contemporary comparisons, the pure and emotionally gripping soul inspired tone of emerging London native Lianne La Havas instantly sprang to my mind. Yet despite the similarities in vocal sound Delilah attempts and succeeds in boldly crafting her own unique and effortlessly versatile style. On tracks like Breathe and Go she marries her distinctive vocal with downtempo inflected electronica grooves, whilst soulful percussion driven gems like the delicately sensual cover of Minnie Ripperton’s 1975 classic Inside My Love shine through.
On evidence of this effort Delilah’s stubbornness to conform has been duly rewarded as this album showcases a raw talent that has a lot more to offer, and is a refreshing break from the repetitive mind-numbing thud of dance pop currently reeking in the charts. With a heartfelt core that never gets lost in hypnotic pulsing beats, minimalistic subtle grooves, electronic signatures and crashing percussion amongst other quirks; it is a body of work executed with an artistic charm that makes this debut a thoroughly satisfying listen.
From the Roots Up is out now.
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