Lily McKenzie has a number of collaborations under her belt in a variety of genres, including funkyhouse, grime and 2-step, but the South Londoner’s debut solo EP ‘Breathe’ dem
Lily McKenzie has a number of collaborations under her belt in a variety of genres, including funkyhouse, grime and 2-step, but the South Londoner’s debut solo EP ‘Breathe’ demonstrates her eclectic ability even further by emphasising the singer’s effortlessly soulful vocals.
At 23-years-old this singer/songwriter’s debut EP flaunts her youth thanks to the combination of delicate high-notes and beautifully candid pop lyrics – showcased perfectly in the track ‘Crazy’ which, despite the sad story it tells of being abandoned by a boyfriend, will be sure to get your toes tapping.
The first release from the EP called ‘Forget about us’ unveils Lily’s melodic, playful tone whilst also demonstrating her ability as a songwriter by having you singing along after the first listen.
The music video for this single, which sees Lily travelling on the tubes and trains through London, adds to the sincerity that her earthy vocals imply. In the video, we also see her perform the song in an abandoned warehouse – wearing a denim jacket and hair tied back – with her live band behind her, acoustic guitarist Ryan Keen, drummer Lee Eksioglu and bassist Steven Eniraiyetan.
The track ‘So Sweet’, about a friend who thinks about her everyday but doesn’t know if he wants a relationship, is one of those tunes that you will find yourself humming along to while waiting for the kettle to boil.
This four track EP delivers a confident, summery performance from this home-grown debutant which should leave you hankering for more.
Lily has been writing songs since the young age of 15 and performed at T in the Park’s ‘BBC Introducing stage’ in 2010 where her and her live band showed off their musical talent with a confident rhythmic performance.
Breathe is due to be launched at the Notting Hill Art Club night yOyO at the beginning of March.