There must be something in the England Channel. First we had Obenewa with “He” and now our ears have fallen in love once again with a 19-year-old London songstress, Izzy Bizu, with “Diamonds.”
Per her SoundCloud profile:
“She grew up listening to Ella Fitzgerald, Betty Swan, Betty Wright and James Brown and draws on these alongside newer influences, Amy Winehouse and Adele to create a fusion of soul, funk, jazz and pop that sounds classic and brand spanking new all at once.”
“Diamonds” gives us that glimpse of the Swing era a la Ella Fitzgerald with Amy Winehouse soul. The results are satisfying, Gen X and Y can finally agree on something when searching the AM/FM dial.
Obenewa’s “He” is dulcet in its tone, giving us a first taste of this London songstress. So the story goes, she was sick in bed when she started singing some lyrics a cappella, these lyrics would form “He,” the sultry record we have today. With an influx of DJ’s strutting their newest gadgets, Obenewa firmly puts her flag in the sand, letting us know that an emotionally and talented voice can still captivate an audience.
The debut track is deeply felt, where she talks about a break-up. It’s a fluid combination of soul, R&B, and snarl of rock. Of course, we are awaiting what else Obenewa has in production, with only one track up on SoundCloud Obenewa is poised to shake things up a bit.