Thursday, January 17, 2008

Duffy Springfield

Let's politely ignore the fact that I've started a minor international diplomatic incident with my review of the Mariah Carey album below and have a look at the new video from Duffy:

Duffy - Mercy

Pretty good, huh?

22-year-old Aimee Anne Duffy hails from Wales, and she's being called the next Amy Winehouse by people who aren't already calling Adele and Kate Nash the next Amy Winehouse.

Truth be told, she's got more in common with Amy than the other two, with her refreshingly sample-free retro soul. You'll probably have your own reference points, but, to me, Mercy recalls Ben E King's Stand By Me mixed with Marvin Gaye's Can I Get A Witness. Amazingly, it is the equal of either of those tunes.

If her voice sounds familiar, it's because it combines the vulnerable power of Dusty Springfield with the gutsy blues of Nina Simone. And again, that's not an unfair comparison...

You might also have heard her on the odd cut by dance gurus Mint Royale (try here if you want to seek out more)

Duffy's debut album, Rockferry, is out in the UK on 3 March, and features collaborations from Jimmy Hogarth (James Blunt), Eg White (James Morrison) and Steve Booker (Natalie Imbruglia). But don't let that put you off.

Oh, and if you liked Mercy, check out the splendidly moody debut single Rockferry on the youtube (youtube).

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