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Must-Watch: Video Premiere: “That’s Alright” by Laura Mvula

Laura Mvula is taking 2013 by storm with her sound. This is her third video and her second official single. The album, Sing To The Moon, marks her landing on the music scene platform and we have high hopes for her in the future. She is probably the closest thing to Nina Simone we have to do.

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Laura Mvula joins Jessie Ware on tour!

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Is this a concert to catch or what!! Having already sold-out her own headline show at the Tabernacle on 4th March in just 2 days, Laura Mvula announces that she will be joining Jessie Ware on her national tour.

In a week that will also see Laura release her highly anticipated debut album, ?Sing To The Moon?(released 4th March), this will be the first time that Laura has toured regionally.  Laura has also been confirmed to play the main stage at this year?s Isle of Wight Festival on Saturday 15th June.

Since announcing the release of her debut EP ?She? back in November, Laura has been picking up critical acclaim and support from some of the biggest tastemakers out there.

The video for Laura?s new single ?Green Garden?, which is due to be released 24th February, has already reached over 158k views on VEVO after going live only a week ago.

Described as ?The voice of 2013? by The Evening Standard, the classically trained, singer-songwriter?s music fuses orchestral soul with velvety harmonies and emotional vocals giving nods to Nina Simone, George Gershwin and Björk amongst others.

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First Listen: “Green Garden” by Laura Mvula

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Nominee for the 2013 BRITs Critics?Choice Award and ranked highly in fourth place for the BBC Sound of 2013, Laura Mvula announces the release of new single, ?Green Garden? on 24 February 2013 through RCA Victor (Sony).

New single ?Green Garden? taken from the debut album ?Sing to the Moon?, is an uplifting track which infuses Laura?s signature use of percussive chimes painted with enchanting harmonies – a unique sound that has wowed critics helping to make her one of names everyones lips in 2013.

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Exclusive: 5 Questions With LOFT965.com: Sabrina Starke

1. Greetings from Kuwait! In 2008 Loft965.com billed you as one of the artists to keep an eye out for. Now you are on your new album, how has it been? 

It’s my third album already. It’s been a great road since the first one. I’m exited about the new album and proud of all the experiences so far. (Sabrina Starke’s Outside The Box is out now!)

2. Outside The Box is your new album. How much time and effort did it take for you to complete it and what sound were you going for?

I think about 1 year of writing the songs and thinking about production. We recorded the album in 10 days. After that the mixing & mastering process took awhile because that’s the finishing touch.

3. Who are your influences and who would your dream collaboration be with?

I’ve been influenced by a lot of artists. I really love soul, jazz, blues & folk music. But also reggae and hip hop. So I like a lot of styles. And love to use them as inspirations for my own music. A dream collabo would be with Tracy Chapman or John Legend or The Roots.

 4. We absolutely love “Sun Settle Down.” When will the next single drop and which track will it be?

We are still discussing this at the moment. Glad to hear that you like “Sun Settle Down”. Thanks for the support!! I appreciate it very much.

 5. Here at Loft965.com we love us some quotes. What’s your favorite quote or proverb?

“Freedom is living without fear” by Nina Simone

“There ain’t no substitute for the truth. Either it is or it isnt” by India.Arie

“It takes a village to raise a child” – African proverb

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Legendary: “I Ain’t Got No… I’ve Got Life” by Nina Simone

Some voices come and go and others stick to a generation inseparably. Nina Simone is one of the latter. She mixed beautiful soul music with great arrangements and socially-conscious lyrics all with grace and style. She turned words that could come out as trivial into statements of a generation. She shaped soul music and remains a legend forever.

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Anna Calvi’s debut album leaks!

Anna Calvi, one of the artists we told to look out for in 2011, is ready to bestow upon us some serious melodies. Her debut album has made it onto the internet and it is sounding not too far away from the cover of “Jezebel” that made us fall in love with her. It sounds like early PJ Harvey without the extra noise. Lovely little album that’s made to put you in a winter mood, too bad we are headed to South America real soon.

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