PLAYED ON: Tuesday 14 November 2006

Amy Winehouse

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This North London songstress combines traditional jazz-flavoured songwriting with modern hip-hop beats...
Born and raised in North London, Amy Winehouse spent her teenage years balancing school and boyfriends with hours locked in her bedroom, ears glued to classic song chord changes. Her voice, however was clearly living a secret life, staying out, getting high, breaking down, going to prison and violating parole by leaving the country with a gun toting maniac gangster. At least it sounds that way.

She has the vocal prodigy bit covered. If words have already worn themselves out trying to describe the horny, sleazy, salty spiritual, worldly wise, late night, tired of bullshit, downtown, flirty, velvet resonance that makes for a great soul-jazz singer they’re going to fall apart entirely over Amy. But she’s not the kind of girl to accept the gift of vocal skills, sit back and replicate what others have done before her. Proceeding as if it was the most natural thing in the world she has taken her love of jazz and soul and added a seriously fresh perspective.

She might sound like a 40s jazz singer, but she's using forefront beats and lyrics- she's letting her voice go where its meant to go. Her style is not for the candlelit basement. It’s out there living in the real world of Gucci bags, Diesel underwear, high heels, breast implants, weed after school, cheating airhead honeys and runaway crushes. Forget about torch themes from yesteryear.

The debut album from Amy has grown naturally out of her teenage passions, innate skills and on-going curiosity. There are beats that lope and grooves that swing. A Wurlitzer organ swings low on a sorrowful lament. Smiling horn samples pull up in to the sunshine. There are interludes where flute and acoustic guitars take over. Then vinyl static from a sampled beat leads into a lazy groove.

Door: 7pm
Call: 0845 145 1115
Promoted by: METROPOLIS MUSIC Presents


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