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Approved: Alessia Cara

By | Published on Wednesday 3 June 2015

Alessia Cara

Def Jam’s latest signing Alessia Cara’s debut single is a different take on the traditional teen party pop song. Perhaps a little more realistic than the usual story, ‘Here’ places Cara in the corner wondering why she even bothered turning up.

Built on a sample from Isaac Hayes’ ‘Ike’s Rap II’, which you’ll recognise from Portishead’s ‘Glory Box’ and Tricky’s ‘Hell Is Round The Corner’, the sound of the track matches the maturity of her lyrics.

She may not be playing into the narrative expected of a teen popstar, but if she can keep putting out tracks like this one then popularity will happily come to meet her anyway. Watch the video for ‘Here’ here: