UK Jazz newcomer Tertia May has released her debut EP ‘Kind Of Purple’ and it’s…Kind Of Excellent. Deftly swinging between R&B, blues, Jazz, Pop and Soul without ever leaning to hard on either the EP feels both fresh and timeless in one.
Produced by Subculture, one half of UK hip hop duo Subculture Sage, the songs are punctuated by crisp drums, slight guitars and floaty brass arrangements.
The EP kicks off with ‘Heavenly Thing‘ instantly introducing the 21 year-old’s caramel voice over the signature blend of styles. Next up, ‘Tears In The Rain‘ explores more of a Trip-Hop feel with it’s half-time swagger leading perfectly into ‘Peanut Butter‘ which really shows off Tertia’s dynamic range. A loose, distinctive groove settling underneath an airy brass section as Tertia leans in to the mic for the hushed verses before stepping back and unleashing her voice over the heart-wrenching chorus.
On lead single, and EP closer, ‘Monsters In Your Bedroom‘ – which draws inspiration from the 90s golden era of UK Pop – Tertia once again merges different worlds seamlessly; plucking from jazz, soul and R&B to create something distinctly playful and unique.
All in all, this is a very promising debut from a young artist who promises so much already at her first offering.