When Clash caught up with Poppy Ajudha recently we found an artist completely at ease with herself.
Lucid future-facing soul with jazz leanings, her music - dexterous, flexible, yet personal - was already sparking huge hype online.
Playing a sold show in London's Peckham Liberal Club last night (November 23rd) she unveiled song after song, underlining her enormous potential.
New song 'Tepid Soul' is marvellous, a tremendous vocal that ripples with near effortless grace while the arrangement builds on that subtle jazz influence.
"The song looks at the familiar fragmented identity that is constructed through being of dual heritage and therefore often seeming to not fit in either sides of your family."
"As people recurringly project their cultural fantasies of where I could be from onto me, the last line "Am I the right shade for you?" critiques colourism and the fetishism and exoticism that exists around mixed race women's bodies."
A superb return, Poppy is placed to make 2018 her own. Tune in below.
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