CMU Approved

Approved: Denai Moore

By | Published on Wednesday 1 October 2014

Denai Moore

Born on the fair isle of Jamaica and raised in… Stratford, solo/SBTRKT ‘feat’ artist Denai Moore will, on 24 Nov, release her newest EP, ‘I Swore’, via London/Paris-based label Because Music, which in light of her signing appears to be moving with the times (aka away from SoKo, Uffie, et al), finally.

Progressing from the likes of Moore’s hushed Plan B co-productions ‘Saudade’ and ‘The Lake’, the EP’s candid, slow-climaxing title track shows off a new forthrightness to her writing, and to the way that manifests in her singing.

It was taped at XL Studios with go-to XL producer Rodaidh McDonald, who first namechecked “this girl Denai” back in July. He inevitably throws the same blinding, ‘no place to hide’-style spotlight on her voice in a similar way to his collaborations with King Krule, The xx and especially Denai’s SBTRKT peer Sampha, whose higher pitch and beautiful ‘graininess’ of tone are similar to Moore’s own.

Presently in the midst of a series of SBTRKT-headlined shows (which she’ll follow with three solo dates in the first week of December), hear Denai single-handed on ‘I Swore’, and as the silver lining to SBTRKT’s ‘The Light’ (a track off his very new new LP ‘Wonder Where We Land’), here: