EP of the Week: Grace 'Memo'
Thu, 04 Jun 2015 10:35:39
Australia's most talented export takes the stage with phenomenal debut EP for RCA Records.
Grace's Memo [RCA] is our EP of the Week. This Brisbane singer and songwriter harks back to the biggest, boldest, and best voices of Motown, conjuring a spirit of soul that's in league with the greats. A few months ago, she seemingly arrived out of nowhere with a phenomenal reinterpretation of Lesley Gore's "You Don't Own Me" featuring a sizzling, scorching verse from G-Eazy as well as production courtesy of none other than the legendary Quincy Jones. It's begun blowing up online in a big way, and it properly introduced the world at large to this phenomenal voice.
What stood out so much about "You Don't Own Me" is its delicate tension between the modern energy and Grace's own timeless vocalization. It's a combination that's not heard often enough, and it's utterly refreshing and reinvigorating as far as R&B goes. She and G-Eazy make the perfect collaborators as he strikes the same middle ground with his debonair, dashing hip-hop.
Watch the Video for "You Don't Own Me"
Memo proudly carries that element throughout. "Dirty Harry" packs a real punch worthy of its namesake that explodes on the refrain. That's where Grace's voice really leaves its marks. Her confidence and charisma remain uncontainable throughout, and they're equally infectious on the emotive "Feel Your Love" where the chanteuse shines impressively.
Listen to "Dirty Harry"