Here at Indie Current, we like to throw around the term “amazing,” but in all truth, few artists live up to this description. For this reason (and for the purpose of maintaining the site’s integrity), only those artists that we deem deserving of the label can be found in our “introductory” articles. Those that are given our stamp of approval usually go on to big things, so when you see one of these articles, you can be sure that said artist is something special.
Dua Lipa, the newest addition to Lana Del Rey‘s management roster, is more than deserving of the praise, and from listening to her outstanding first single “New Love,” you can see why. With a unique sound and a fresh look, Lipa has got plenty of mainstream potential. But this 19-year-old is more than just a pretty face.
Before attracting the attention of the biggest flower girl in pop music, Lipa began—as so many artists do these days—recording stripped-down covers on YouTube. From Frank Ocean to fellow newcomer Alessia Cara, Lipa proved that she’s got the vocal chops to backup the co-sign; her cover of Jamie xx‘s “I Know (There’s Gonna Be Good Times)” was just the icing on the cake.
Her voice, rich and at times raspy, is reminiscent of Sinead Harnett and Ella Eyre. Although her music is of a much softer variety, it’s not hard to imagine her kicking it with either of these girls on one of Rudimental‘s certified “bangers.” For the time being, however, we’ll have to settle for this mesmerizing, Lana Del Rey-esque pop ballad.
(via The FADER)