Monday, June 16, 2014

Good news - Jessie Ware is back

She's the Larynx of London, the Sultan of Sultry, the Nefertiti of NuSoul, the Dubstep Sade, the Ware in "Tell me where on earth that voice comes from".

She is Jessie Ware, and she's got a new song to tell you about.

"I had just finished a run of shows in the States and went to NY to work with BenZel for a couple weeks, mainly as a different focus to touring," she says in a press release. "I didn't have any expectations or pressures with what would come out of those two weeks, and think 'Tough Love' sums this up.

"It was me experimenting with my voice and having fun with it. It just felt right and kind of dictated the route of the next album, much like Devotion did on my first album."

Anyway, without further nonsense, here is the song. It's called Tough Love and it's everything you could have wanted.

Jessie Ware - Tough Love

If you think the name BenZel rings a bell, you're not mistaken. Shrouded in mystery, they launched their career about 18 months ago, with this anonymous but sublime cover of the R&B classic If You Love Me. Coincidentally, it had Jessie Ware on vocals.

The production duo were later revealed to be a side project of Benny Blanco (Katy Perry's Teenage Dream, Maroon 5's Moves Like Jagger) and Two Inch Punch (Sam Smith's Money On My Mind). Now they're executive producing Ware's new album.

According to Pitchfork, she's also worked with Miguel, Ed Sheeran, Julio Bashmore, Dave Okumu, AntMusik, Kid Harpoon, Robin "Oblong" Randall, James Ford, Arvind Nue5mith, Tim Burton, Helena Bonham Carter, Roland Poland, Red Setter and Nineteen85 on the new album

OK, I made half of those up.

But what you can be sure of is that Tough Love is out on 4 August. Here's the pre-order link - and while you wait for it to come out, here's Jessie performing Wildest Moments with the winner of Poland's X Factor. Because why not?

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