She sounds mature and ambitious, but also like she’s back in that bedroom, holding her songs up to your ear with the lightest touch.
The second album from Streatham rapper David Orobosa Omoregie, known simply as Dave, is his second masterpiece.
David Balfe melds lively, often beautiful dance music and starkly personal spoken word on this powerful record.
Like its creator, it’s off in a world of its own, free of commercial obligations and revelling in that autonomy. It’s a lovely place to visit.
Seventeen Going Under is profoundly sad and also a euphoric singalong. It’s hard to know how to feel while listening to it, other than certain it’s a triumph.
There’s a strong bond with classic soul, thanks to a cameo from 78-year-old Carla Thomas and strings by Stax Records arranger Lester Snell, but with all the stranger touches and, as she requested, ethereal interludes, this album has a greatness that’s hard to define.