Charming, lyrically strong, toothsome and homespun, 'Up' is a tuneful original from the sleeplessness-themed studio album Friends With Monsters to be released in November by Whirlwind. Nishla Smith, a Manchester-based Australian, sounds on this track, oh, like Stacey Kent at first blush. But actually no not quite. Because it's jazz-poppier it veers over to the realm of Yael Naim and specifically 'New Soul' territory. Touring with the singer's Friends With Monsters jazz quintet – trumpeter Aaron Wood, pianist Richard Jones, double bassist Joshua Cavanagh-Brierley and drummer Johnny Hunter – catch Smith at The Blue Lamp, Aberdeen on Thursday 14 October; Scarborough Jazz, Wednesday 27 Oct; Ronnie Scott's, London, Monday 1 November; Bobiks, Newcastle, Thurs 4 Nov; The Yard, Manchester, Monday 8 Nov; Seven Arts, Leeds, Sunday 14 Nov; The Spotted Dog, Birmingham, Tuesday 23 Nov; and at the Vortex, London, Thurs 2 December.
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