Following the success story that was 2012’s Is Your Love Big Enough? Lianne la Havas is set to release her sophomore musical offering entitled Blood.
The London based star rose just over three years ago and received acclamations from critics and fans alike. The album that gave us Lost and Found and Gone, garnered La Havas nominations for an Ivor Novello Award, MOBO Award, and landed her the coveted iTunes Album of the Year; and with good reason.
Although she could be likened to English roses like Laura Mvula and Jessie Ware, La Havas brings something different to the Top 40 table. Guitar heavy tracks mixed with stunning piano riffs and soaring vocals, made the Londoner one of the most talented singer/songwriters of 2012. But, will her next record match that level of success.
Blood was inspired by Li’s Greek/Jamaican heritage. After she finished the Big Enough tour in 2013, La Havas and her Jamaican Mother took a trip to the old country. Lianne told the Guardian: “It was very emotional to meet that family at the airport. I hadn’t seen my aunt since I was about five. She used to live with us in London then went back to Jamaica and got married, so I hadn’t seen her for ages. I was like: am I going to recognise her? Is she going to recognise me? But she did, and I did, and I just started crying.”
Essentially, the L.P is all about who we are and where we come from; and with co-creators like Paul Epworth (Florence and the Machine), Mark Batson (Beyoncé), and Matt Hales (Paloma Faith), Blood is sure to be a piece of Neo-Soul magic.
The 25-year-old soul sister is currently on the festival circuit, taking in Switzerland, Canada and everywhere in between, and is set to play the Olympia Theatre, Dublin on December 02. Tickets available from Ticketmaster.
Blood is released via Warner Bros on July 31st and is available to pre-order on liannelahavas.com