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Ringing in the New: 10 British Artists to Watch in 2013

2. LULU JAMES

Lulu James will make you feel things. Maybe it’s the introspection of her lyrics ‘this song is about me’ she says on ‘Stuck’; maybe it’s the teasing restraint of ‘Be Safe’, which promises a big dubstep drop only to withhold it. Either way, her second EP is best listened to on big speakers, on repeat.  She’s based in South Shields, a part of North England more readily associated with indie than what Tanzanian-born James and her producer (and former teacher) Domzilla call their ’21st Century Soul’. But they’re steady pioneering a delicious sound. We hope to hear news of an album in the works for next year.