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The ShortListen: Jorja Smith (no. 289)

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Dave Fawbert
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Who? Jorja Smith

What’s the story? Walsall teenager Jorja Smith emerged from nowhere back in February with the magnificent Blue Lights, instantly making her the hottest new act around, with a scrum of music industry execs attending her first London show in March. With the hype reaching hysterical levels, she's now unveiled her second track and, perhaps wisely, it's a very understated affair. The production is sparse - utilising a sample from 17th Century English composer Henry Purcell - but hugely compelling, leaving Jorja's voice plenty of space to showcase itself. It could have been taken straight from Tricky's classic 1994 debut Maxinquaye, whilst it also exhibits elements of Portishead's greatest moments. It's nowhere near as instant as Blue Lights, but it's another signpost that we're dealing with something very special here.

For fans of: Tricky, Martina Topley-Bird, Portishead

In three words: Downbeat nu-trip hop

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Dave Fawbert

ShortList.com staff writer Dave’s primary passions are pop, prose, punning and power ballads (and alliteration). A lower division football enthusiast and long-suffering cricket fan, he is one of only 110 people followed on Twitter by Chas Hodges from Chas ‘n’ Dave. Follow Dave on Twitter like Chas: @davefawbert

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