Laura Mvula

It’s that time of year again when a faint rumbling alerts you to the ‘next big thing’ polls stampeding across the horizon, cramming your senses with predictions for the ‘sound of 2013’. Make life simple for yourself, let us do the hard work.

Having heard more and more of Laura Mvula’s presence on the web and the radio, it seems silly not to start the claims now; this girl’s worth looking out for. The stylish and classically trained singer has recently been working with Tom Elmhirst (multi-Grammy award winner for his work with Adele and Amy Winehouse, swag) in New York on her debut album  She’s also signed to RCA, one of Sony’s labels. Their roster reads like a who’s who of popular entertainment. A for Alicia Keys, B for Beyonce, all the way down to Whitney.

So it seems the Birmingham-based singer is in good hands. The two tracks we’ve heard to date are fantastic. Her music’s got a soulful and timeless feel, tempting you with what’s to come next year…

If you’re currently mooching around in London, she’s supporting Fatoumata Diawara this Thursday at the Village Underground. Go listen to 2013.

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