Lulu James is an emerging artist who we’re so excited to share with you today. The Tanzania-born singer released her first single back in 2012, and has since gone on to support the likes of Ellie Goulding, Emile Sande and Jessie Ware on tour, as well as co-writing with Jon Hopkins and touring extensively with Gorgon City (you may have seen her on their last visit in 2015, when they performed at the now-defunct Future Music Festival).
Lulu’s vocals are clear, expressive and passionate, an absolute delight on the ears. Overall, she has crafted a sound that blends elements of trip hop, disco, soul and pop; not only do her tracks spotlight the incredible vocals, but they envelop you with lush, electronic atmospheres that build and flourish in layers and waves throughout. Listen to recent single Falling:
Again collaborating with Gorgon City, Lulu also features on their brand new track Love Me, dubbed Hottest Record In The World by BBC1’s Annie Mac.
We wanted to get to know more about the music behind Lulu James, so we asked her to share three albums which shaped her life.
Nils Fram – Spaces (Live album)
This has got to be my favourite all time contemporary record, true statement! Nils is mind blowing on all levels. I can’t explain in words how this album makes me feel, but if I had to I would say, the sounds helped me explore new parts of my brain, I felt a brand new connection to the universe. Absolute genius!
James Blake – The Colour in Anything
Every time I see James Blake live he enhances my life! This album feels like it was written for me. I relate to every word, the stories are so familiar in fact, James Blake in one of the main reasons I’m doing what I’m doing, he inspired me to tell my own stories and continues to do so, what a guy!
Dengue Dengue Dengue – Siete Raices
These two crazy cats are sick! I first saw them live in Brazil at Sonar Festival, I danced so hard I thought I caught the fever! This is the kind of album I drop at a cool party. Would love to bump into these guys in studio one day, Vibes!!