5 Songs, 18 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Jorja Smith spent much of 2016 getting people very excited about her effortless, informed and deeply soulful pop with a trio of eclectic singles. Her first EP arrives so perfectly formed it almost feels like showing off. The aching “Something in the Way” marks Smith out as her hero Amy Winehouse’s truest successor, Maverick Sabre is the perfect foil on “Carry Me Home”’s heart-stopping vintage soul, while “Imperfect Circle” is a dreamy slice of R&B perfection.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Jorja Smith spent much of 2016 getting people very excited about her effortless, informed and deeply soulful pop with a trio of eclectic singles. Her first EP arrives so perfectly formed it almost feels like showing off. The aching “Something in the Way” marks Smith out as her hero Amy Winehouse’s truest successor, Maverick Sabre is the perfect foil on “Carry Me Home”’s heart-stopping vintage soul, while “Imperfect Circle” is a dreamy slice of R&B perfection.

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About Jorja Smith

Jorja Smith is an English R&B singer/songwriter whose soulful, jazz-tinged cadence, heartfelt lyrics, and retro sound invoke names like Alunageorge, Nao, Lulu James, and Amy Winehouse, the latter of whom the Walsall-based artist cites as her biggest influence. Smith issued her debut single, "Blue Lights," in 2015, but it was 2016's powerful "Where Did I Go?" that began turning heads. That track, and the follow-up single "Beautiful Little Fools," eventually culminated in the late-2016 release of Smith's debut EP, Project 11. The following year saw her international profile elevated via her multiple appearances on Drake's surprise playlist/LP More Life, which saw her holding court amongst a bevy of high-profile guests like Kanye West, Young Thug, 2 Chainz, and Travis Scott. ~ James Christopher Monger

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