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Listen To Laura Mvula's Orchestra Backed Rendition Of 'Make Me Lovely'

British singer Laura Mvula releases "Make Me Lovely" the 2nd track off of her sophomore Metropole Orkest backed album.


British singer/songwriter/composer Laura Mvula is out with “Make Me Lovely,” the stunning second track off her soon to be released reworked album. Recorded at Abbey Road Studios with renowned Dutch jazz orchestra Metropole Orkest, the Birmingham Conservatoire alum’s forthcoming project will be an orchestra backed rearrangement of her 2013 critically acclaimed debut album Sing To The Moon. Mvula finds herself in great company with musical legends such as Ella Fitzgerald and Dizzy Gillespie having shared the stage with Metropole in the past. In the forthcoming rearranged album the emotional complexity which fills Mvula’s therapeutic debut album is captured by the dynamic range and breadth that only a full orchestra can provide.

“Make Me Lovely,” which Mvula describes as her favorite song on her orchestral album, is a dramatic affair with cinematic swells and whimsical instrumental interludes. Starting off with twinkling xylophones and slowly building up to full orchestral force, Mvula’s soulful voice blasts through the layered undertones at the 1:45 mark. In no way competing with her complex orchestral accompaniment, the Birmingham-based singer deftly engages the many instruments in a type of dialogue, her voice pushing against powerful horns at one moment and shrinking down to a seductive whisper on top of ethereal harps at other moments. Mvula creates a magical composition that, for around six minutes, allows you to loose yourself in a web of soaring strings, full brass, booming drums and shattering symbols.

Listen to Laura Mvula’s “Make Me Lovely” and watch a clip in which speaks about her orchestral album below. Also make sure to grab her sophomore album Laura Mvula with Metropole Orkest avalible for pre-order on iTunes.

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Tems Is Just Doing Her Thang In New Music Video 'Crazy Tings'

The Nigerian songstress is hell bent on taking over your summer playlist and it's getting harder to resist.

It has been a fantastic year for Tems. The Nigerian singer, producer, and songwriter achieved a platinum record for eternal banger Essence, her collaboration with fellow Nigerian superstar Wizkid, an MTV EMA nomination for Best African Artist, a billion worldwide video views, and over 350 million audio streams. Not to mention featuring on Canadian rapper Drake's blowout album Certified Lover Boy, the singer has also sold out every show she's booked.

The release of Tems's sophomore EP If Orange Was a Place solidified her place amongst the greats and it was received with gusto by fans and international audiences. A month after the release the Afrobeats singer has graced fans with a sultry music video to go along with equally as tantalizing lead single Crazy Tings. Conceptualized by the multitalented Tems, and directed by UAX, the music video follows a sensual Tems as she sings about needing space from a lying partner.

International audiences continue to rave over the songstress, with Tems delivering an impressive US TV debut on late-night talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live! this month. Essence continues to top international charts. While becoming the official song of the summer, the track peaked on the Billboard 100 Top 10, becoming the most Shazamed song in the United States and was remixed by Canadian musical heavyweight Justin Bieber, becoming the first song written by Nigerian artists to hit No.1 on Urban Radio.

Tems has been producing consistent hits since her debut in September 2020, and a year later, the singer's immense talent is securing her reputation as a world-class superstar.

Check out Tem's music video for single 'Crazy Tings' below

Tems - Crazy Tings (Official Video) www.youtube.com

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