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Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Laura Mvula makes statement with new single and album..!

Following the announcement of the UK tour, album artwork and tracklisting, we canshare a brand new track which has been lifted from Laura Mvula's forthcoming album The Dreaming Room.

The Dreaming Room’ is an expansion on what was already a captivating sound. The heavenly layers of voices, the unexpected complex diversions and the celestial grandeur are still all there but with the addition of buzzy analogue synths and electric guitar lines. This is Laura in a new found light - still reflecting her distinctive signature sound but showing the progression of an artist who has come into her own. 

From the Afro-disco first single Overcome’, packed with upbeat sounds and intricate harmo-nies layered beneath stunning tribal beats, to the captivating ‘Kiss My Feet’- a mass of disjoint-ed beats and bereft lyrics and the epic and bold ‘People’, is bold and is inspired by the crisis of black identity in the west. The music that makes up ‘The Dreaming Room’ is lively, ferocious and sounds ex-actly what it is - thrilling and unique but was also hard-won.

Amidst the struggle, Laura believes that she has written “ A beast of an album” in ‘The Dreaming Room.’ “i never thought I’d be able to. This is the hardest I’ve worked on anything. I’ve grown up - by taking the music more seriously, I take myself less so. When I listen to this music I feel whole. I feel so at home in myself. I feel comfortable”.

Taking the writing of this album out of the studio and into the garden shed of her producer and musical director Troy Miller, Laura also recruited The London Sympathy Orchestra, Wretch 32 (People) and two huge guitar giants, Nile Rodgers and Miles Davis collaborator John Scofield (Overcome) to help create this extraordinary and accomplished album.

The cornerstone of the record and the track that set the tone of ‘The Dreaming Room’ is a hymn-like ballad that swells to mighty proportions called ‘Show Me Love’. The heartfelt track speaks of missing a lover’s touch whilst next single from the album, a spikier track called ‘Phenomenal Woman’ - a the remarkable 1970’s style gospel funk number, inspired by a poem of the same name by the remarkable Maya Angelou, is about learning to get along without it

Laura says of the commissioned artwork for the track: "The concept that there is a supreme sense of beauty is dated.."

The Dreaming Room - Tracklisting:
Who I Am
Overcome ft. Nile Rodgers
Lucky Man
Let Me Fall
Kiss My Feet
Show Me Love
Renaissance Moon
People ft. Wretch 32
Phenomenal Woman

Check out new single below and get your copy of the album The Dreaming Room on iTunes now..!

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