Jorja Smith's Lost & Found: What You Need To Know
Since releasing her debut single 'Blue Lights' in 2016, Jorja Smith's career has been on an upward trajectory, putting in appearances on tracks by the likes of Drake and Kali Uchis, as well as featuring on the BBC's Sound of 2017 shortlist and picking up this year's BRITs Critic's Choice award.
After a handful of singles and and EP released in November last year, this week the moment of truth arrives as her debut album makes its way into stores. It's called Lost & Found, here's everything you need to know...
A little background...
Since her debut single caught the attention of Drake and others, Jorja Smith has been busy; she's popped up on the Kendrick Lamar-curated Black Panther soundtrack and the charity single recorded under the Artists for Grenfell banner, as well as collaborations with Stormzy, George the Poet and Khalid.
As far as her own music goes, the Walsall-born singer-songwriter has been putting out a steady stream of tracks over the last couple of years, but even with all the press attention she's received over the last couple of years, Smith has taken her time in crafting her debut album, which she's been working on for the last three years. The album was finally announced in April this year, along with the title and the album's tracklist, which includes the already-released singles 'Blue Lights', 'Teenage Fantasy' and 'Where Did I Go?'.
Who's producing it?
Various producers contribute to Smith's debut, including Joice, Oliver 'Cadenza' Rodigan and Jeff Kleinman, while there are also a handful of co-writing credits for one of Smith's previous collaborators, Maverick Sabre.
Any special guests?
Other than the co-writes and contributions from producers, performance-wise it's pretty much just Jorja on her own here.
What does it sound like?
There's a soulful, mellow vibe to the majority of Smith's debut and even the more uptempo numbers like the very danceable 'Where Did I Go?' are awash with jazz-tinged chord sequences and laid back, summery vibes. Even though 'Blue Lights' is getting on for two years old, it feels like a vital inclusion, while elsewhere songs like 'February 3rd' continue the album's chilled out feel while allowing Smith the space to show off her impressive vocal range and dreamy, fluttering falsetto.
Does it deliver?
Smith is an artist whose star has been rapidly in the ascendant over the last couple of years, earning comparisons to the likes of Any Winehouse and Lauryn Hill. Sometimes that kind of hype that attaches itself to a new artist can be debilitating, but even at the age of just 20 the singer handles the songs on her debut like a veteran and avoids the temptation to pack the album with guest spots, even if she does have Drizzy's number on speed-dial. There's plenty here to indicate that those comparisons are justified and Lost & Found is an assured debut from an artist with bags of potential.
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