London-based singer/songwriter/producer named Tara Priya releases ‘Friends Like These’ single from upcoming EP out June 1st. The single debut on BBC Radio 6 a couple days ago.
“a delicate, echoing melange of falsetto vocals and looped piano riffs, driven by jazz-hip-hop fusion drums.”
Effortlessly melding elements of jazz, soul and the irresistible head-nod grooves of ‘90’s hip-hop, Tara Priya has created a sound that’s classic, contemporary and totally original. It’s ghetto soul with a western electronic bent that enraptures from the first listen and calls to mind the likes of Morricone and J Dilla at times and the cool, laid back vibe of a smoky speakeasy at others.
Born in San Francisco to a Persian mother, the niece of much-lauded poet and modernist painter Sohrab Sepehri, and an Indian father, Tara left LA in 2014 for the eclecticism of the east London music scene. Her forthcoming EP–a collection of six compelling, atmospheric songs featuring jazz-hip-hop fusion drums and Tara’s “stand out”, “jazzed-up” vocal–has received early praise from Clash, The Sun, HYPETRAK, Tom Robinson of BBC 6 Music, and Simon Raymonde of Amazing Radio.
“Tara Priya has opted for the delights of East London to hone and perfect her already impressive blend of classic soul and trip hop.” — Record of the Day
“A dynamic melange of Portishead-y mood, Morricone-esque instrumentals…very very good modern soul” — Blah Blah Blah Science
“Sitting somewhere between classic soul, trip hop and the slumped productions of J Dilla…a contagious, potent statement of intent” — CLASH
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