It seems that Disclosure has the magic touch when it comes to their choice of collaborators. Their remix of Jessie Ware's "Running" put her on the map amongst house-heads, London Grammar launched a critically-acclaimed debut album recently, Eliza Doolittle was rescued from relative obscurity and Sam Smith is going from strength to strength. We can now add 19-year-old Londoner Sasha Keable to that list as she has just released her debut freEP Black Book, and it's a real winner.
Steering clear of the club-friendly house beats of her collaborators, Keable instead opts for a mixture of sophisticated R&B and classy pop with just enough electro flourishes to keep things interesting. Absent any show-stopping hooks, the EP may not have enough immediacy for many, however a little patience pays off as tracks such as "You Got Me" and "Careless Over You" slowly worm their way into your consciousness and refuse to leave. EP standout "Asking For More" is a dreamy slice of down-tempo soul featuring angelic vocals and a well utilized interpolation of Bobby Caldwell's oft-sampled "What You Won't Do For Love" that really brings the track to life. If "Asking For More" is the project's centerpiece in terms of immediate appeal, then "Spoke To Myself" is the EP's "grower," built over a percussive beat that alternates between thumping bass and skittering snares as Keable delivers a lyrically on-point, older-than-her-years tale of love lost that showcases her ability as not only a vocalist but also a writer.
You can stream the entire release right here, and then pick up your copy via her official website in exchange for an email address. That's an absolute bargain if you ask us.