I haven’t been keeping up with things in the UK as much as I would like, but after discovering East London artists Vula, I’m convinced I need to start taking notice again.
The 28 year old America born/UK living songstress is probably most known for being spotlighted on electronica duo Basement Jaxx’s last record, Crazy Itch Radio, which she was featured on3 songs. However, she’s making her own way as an R&B artist, with her own label (DivaGeek Records) and a feature of BBC’s Black music station 1Xtra.
Her music is straight R&B, but being from the UK, many of her tracks have heavy broken-beat influences which add some spin on the type of post neo-soul trend (yeah, I invented that) trend currently being occupied by Muhsinah.
It’s hard to know if Vula will ever take off in the UK. Maybe she needs to come back to the US and hook up with Kanye (a la Estelle)? (via Wuzz)
Download her EP at iTunes.
Vula – If U Want It (Official Video)
Vula – If U Want It (Live Acoustic) *Hot Fire!!