This is awful, but I totally underestimated Billie Black, the 19 year-old vocalist and songwriter from London behind I Don’t Need Another Lover. I was judgmental and I was trying to put her in a box, alongside other young solo artists. But that was before I listened to her debut track, I Don’t Need Another Lover, and was blown away by her maturity and her taste. Naturally, I had to know more, and reading up on her made it clear that she’d been cutting her teeth for years. It might not even be fair to call this her debut considering her participation in the National Jazz Orchestra at age 13 and her current enrollment in Guildhall’s Jazz program.
Billie Black’s first single is a cool synthesis of her vocal stylings/songwriting and the production work of Imposters. The sound blends her classical training and some relevant down-tempo themes to create a piece of music with layers of sophistication. You can hear some Jessie Ware and Sampha vibes, and the production calls to mind the work of Taylor McFerrin. She’ll be releasing a first EP this summer and together with a band she put together, she’ll be giving her debut performance at Electrowerkz on July 15th! Thanks for reading, and enjoy The Eargazm!