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Ella Eyre's Feline: What You Need To Know
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Ella Eyre's Feline: What You Need To Know

Since being discovered at the tender age of 18, Ella Eyre has spent the last three years building a reputation for herself, releasing two EPs and a handful of singles, as well as appearing on tracks for DJ Fresh and Rudimental, the latter earning them BRIT Award in 2014 for British Single of the Year. Now the young soulstress from west London finally gets to release her debut LP, which arrives in stores today. Here's everything you need to know about Feline...


A little background...

The last 12 months have been a bit of a whirlwind for the young BRIT School graduate; not only has she picked up her first BRIT Award, she also bagged the Best Newcomer gong at last year's MOBOs and in addition to the tracks she's done with Rudimental and DJ Fresh, she's also appeared on tracks by the likes of Tinie Tempah, Naughty Boy and Wiz Khalifa, but it's not just her talent as a performer that has seen her propelled into the spotlight. Eyre has also co-written tracks with Sigma and even penned the song used by Germany's entry for this year's Eurovision Song Contest. Though she's taken her time putting this debut together, it looks like she's made the right choice...

Who's producing it?

In addition to DJ Fresh – whose track featuring Eyre's vocals, 'Gravity', appears on the album – there are also production credits for Jarrad Rogers, Ilya, Oscar Gorres, Sigma and Alexander Kronlund, the latter having written for a variety of female artists from Britney Spears to Cyndi Lauper.

Any special guests?

Not really. Unless we're counting the aforementioned producers, it's pretty much just Ella out on her own, and that's no bad thing.

What does it sound like?

Ella's soul-drenched vocals are a constant throughout the album, but underneath there are a variety of musical influences at work; opening track 'Together' is a shimmering slice of radio-friendly pop , but elsewhere 'If I Go' is underpinned by a rattling drum and bass rhythm, with single 'Gravity' in the same vein. 'Deeper' is a more traditional soul track, while there are breakbeat and hip-hop influences audible on songs like 'Two' and 'Home'. There are big swelling ballads here too, 'Alone Too' being a case in point.


Does it deliver?

This album is all about Eyre's vocals and you can hear why she has been compared to the likes of Lauryn Hill. The production across the LP gives her voice a contemporary twist and you can imagine almost every track on Feline sitting quite comfortably on a Radio 1 playlist. You do get the sense that they could have experimented a bit more, but regardless this is a strong debut and at the age of just 21, there's plenty of room for this artist to grow.

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