The mid-week lull is a little brighter, thanks to this beautiful blend of soul, psychedelic and folk from ESKA, one of London’s unsung vocal heroes.
Having written for and collaborated with Grace Jones, Cinematic Orchestra, Zero 7 and Bobby McFerrin, it’s a mystery as to why ESKA’s name has gone amiss for so long. The singer-songwriter not only possesses a mad skill for self-produced music, but she holds a voice that flows with warmth and poignancy. This, teamed up with resonant lyrics, are a surefire recipe for success.
The backbone of the British music scene has stepped out from the shadows to take centre stage. – i-D Magazine
If we are to categorise, ESKA is of the same virtuosic ilk as Gilles Peterson’s discovery Zara McFarlane, Eglo favourite Fatima and Robert Glasper Project vocalist Lalah Hathaway. In ‘Rock of Ages’, the clarity of ESKA’s voice set in the foreground against the rest of the music is what induces goosebumps. ESKA creates something timeless which echoes past traditions while at the same time managing to surprise with its stunning originality. This mixture of familiar and totally original is something which, even after a few days of listening, I still can’t put my finger on.
The production credits on ESKA’s album boast a variety of talent, including British electronic artist Matthew Herbert, Louis ‘Slipperz’ Hackett and Dave Okumu of The Invisible. When the album finally comes around, we certainly won’t be ones to sleep.