The silvery sound of Fatima of Eglo Records fame is at the forefront of defining a new approach to electronic music, that praises songwriting and musicianship over sole club functionality. Her recent Resident Advisor Sessions performance plus the announcement of her debut album this year meant we had to give this blissful voice some love.
Growing up in Södermalm, Sweden, she only had experience as a choir singer and backing vocalist before making the break to London in late 2006. The move, and the various open mic events and club night performances that it brought, led her to being picked up by some of the top producers on the UK scene - eventually getting her signed on Eglo Records. Countless collaborations with names like Funkineven, Scratcha DVA, Dam-Funk and Eglo-head Floating Points followed, and her debut album is now one of the most hotly anticipated LPs in 2014.
I first came across Fatima was when she teamed up with Floating Points for the 'Follow You' EP in 2011. The savvy, rhodes-laden hip hop of 'Mind', the ambient, glitchy 'Cinnamon' and the 10-minute 808 slow house thumper 'Red Light' displayed the variety of her talent and sparked me to start keeping a close eye on her output.
This versatility is the most striking thing about her vocals. Obviously rooted in R&B and modern soul, she ranges from applying soulful phrasing to the banging acid jams of Funkineven, to providing timeless, uplifting lyrics for the 80's Roland synth-funkadelic of Dam-Funk.
According to Resident Advisor: "She loves all things soulful, funky, dirty, bouncy, smooth like silk and raw like ODB, appreciating the best of all worlds."
The RA Sessions sees her at the her most vulnerable. A stunning performance, accompanied by nothing but a single Rhodes, she debuts "Gave Me My Name" from her upcoming album.