[English Translation]
'A black female singer based in the UK' may give you a biased impression of so-called UK Soul, but ESKA is a hugely gifted singer-songwriter who inherits the ethnic characteristics of Africa. Although she has had a long career in music since the late '90s, including taking part in works by Courtney Pine (British jazz musician) and Nitin Sawhney (British Indian musician, producer and composer), she gathered considerable attention when this first album was nominated for Mercury Prize last year. The sound based on folky music with added strings and finely-tuned chorus, along with her unconstrained singing covering a wide vocal range that is full of crystal clear soul, enfolds listeners in the 'spiritual songs that transcend genre.' The consummate production techniques of such producers as Matthew Herbert (British producer, electronic musician, dj, jazz composer), Dave Okumu (singer and guitarist best known for fronting the critically acclaimed band The Invisible) and Louis Hackett (of Owiny Sigoma Band) have gotten the best out of her. Those who like Meshell Ndegeocello (American singer-songwriter, rapper, bassist, and vocalist), Björk (Icelandic singer-songwriter) or Julia Holter (American singer, songwriter, record producer, composer and artist) really must listen to this album.