Listen: Alice Jemima's title track from EP Liquorice
The new EP from Alice Jemima lands on 17th June - we've heard the whole thing and it's cracking. In the meantime have a listen to the title track, 'Liquorice', to get a good idea of what to expect.
English singer Alice Jemima, a new addition to Radio 1 DJ and Bestival co-founder Rob da Bank’s label Sunday Best, is thrilled to reveal her new single Liquorice, taken from her debut EP of the same name that’s slated for release on June 17th 2016 via Sunday Best.
The addictive title track features Jemima’s sultry, saccharine vocals, juxtaposing a foundation of guttural bass-lines overlaid with synths and drums. The music is playful and intentioned; invoking the likes of contemporary peers like Jessy Lanza and The xx. The Liquorice EP was produced by Jemima & Simon Byrt. Alice Jemima has subsequently worked with producer Roy Kerr (London Grammar, Bloc Party, Foxes) on her forthcoming album later this year.
Indeed inspired by the likes of The xx and Shura (they share the same drummer live) Jemima describes her debut Liquorice EP as being about ‘Relationships, terrible nights out and her early experiences of the record industry,’’ and the EP title track as being, ‘A song about trying to please other people, and then drifting off into this imaginary world to try and please yourself. I wrote this at a time when I was putting a lot of pressure on myself. I think women especially feel like they should look a certain way or try to be something else, and I was definitely feeling it that day.’
Notably, several years before she signed Sunday Best, Jemima's songs had initially caught the attention of Rob da Bank. In fact a very specific song of Jemima's had come to his attention. As Jemima explains: “He was doing a competition called ‘A Song In Seven Hours’ where you responded to random song titles such as - Psychedelic Bacon. I wrote a song about that, he liked it, and I won tickets to Bestival.” From that slightly random entry point the pair maintained contact, with Jemima being invited in to do a session at Maida Vale. Jemima's breakthrough arrived in 2014 when her sultry, enchanting cover of Blackstreet's “No Diggity” suddenly blazed its way to nearly 3 million plays prompting multiple label offers and a subsequent label deal with Sunday Best.