Introducing: Eliza Shaddad

We first came across London based singer-songwriter Eliza Shaddad at an acoustic night in a Shoreditch basement in early 2013. Despite the slightly incongruous setting, it was clear from the charm and charisma in her performance that she was onto something. Fast forward a year and a bit, and a lot has happened – no doubt much writing, recording, as well as success with the chart-topping Clean Bandit, whose forthcoming debut album she features on as a vocalist. One manifestation of this additional life experience comes in the form of a sparkling new EP, entitled “Waters”.

The title track, released online yesterday, displays an unwavering confidence, a deadly focused delivery, and crucially, a very strong understanding of what makes for a captivating pop song – all particularly notable given the still very formative stage of her solo career. Aided by the production of Chris Bond (Ben Howard), the brooding verses coupled with a searing hook really demands the listener’s attention.

As far as where Shadadd sits in the current field of first name-second names, on this evidence she’s up there with the frontrunners: RHODES (who she’s supported recently), Annie Eve and Sophie Jamieson. Perhaps, she’s the UK’s answer to the much lauded Brooklyn-based, Jagjaguwar-signed songstress Sharon Van Etten, someone who’s also forging a career through the medium of organic, no-nonsense, heart-on-sleeve songs delivered with panache.

The “Waters” EP is out on Beatnik Creative on 16 June (pre-order here). For those attending next week’s Great Escape Festival in Brighton, fortuitously, you’ll be able to catch Eliza performing a live set on our stage at Latest Music Bar on Saturday 10 May, from 10:45pm.



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