Chloe Leone is an up and coming songstress from Birmingham, now residing in London and making her first steps into the world of music. She has released her debut EP, the wonderfully cool and entrancing “Domesticated” which features four full tracks and two shorter skits which all showcase her terrific vocals and modern, engaging style.
The 23 year old has signed to Black Butter Records, the home of other contemporary and effortlessly cool chart-conquerors like Jess Glynne, Rudimental, Zara Larsson and Gorgon City. Her style across the EP is jazzy, bringing to mind the laidback vibes of Amy Winehouse, Morcheeba and Groove Armada. This is music to soundtrack the most searing summer spent by the most deliciously cool and inviting water, with fabulously young, well-dressed and gauche people.
First track “Twenty” begins with a slight record crackle, instantly creating a nostalgic feel to a timeless track which is an ode to youth straddling genres from jazz to trip hop whilst “Domesticated” is a hazy magical trip into a smoky nightclub as brought to you by an alternative dance act like the Avalanches. Somehow Chloe manages to make her vocals both clean, cool and detached and also warm, syrupy and heartfelt. She’s quite the talent. During the Mary J Blige skits, you could be forgiven for thinking the sweet vocals are Mary’s herself rather than young Chloe’s and on the final track “Gin”, she produces a piano-led bittersweet summer anthem where her voice has echoes of many greats before her, being pure and sweet with just the tiniest crack of experience in it. At times she sounds old skool like Ella Fitzgerald or Nina Simone, at other times the later challengers like Amy and Duffy, sometimes reggae legend Janet Kay.
Check out the rather cool interactive visuals for the EP here:
As a showcase for a new vocalist, it’s supremely confident and thoroughly satisfying, putting many bigger artists to shame in its talent and hunger. Speaking of hunger, it also doesn’t outstay its welcome, leaving us hungry for more from young Chloe, which is surely only a matter of time.
Buy the EP here.