Jazz. Yes. Grime. Yes. Jazz and grime? A little more unusual, granted. But Peckham-hailed artist Tara Lily is making waves for her unique genre-bending sound – which somehow manages to distort and complement simultaneously.
With smoky vocals recalling the classic style of 50s jazz singers, layered over upbeat, urban rhythms – it’s something that lodges in the brain, and definitely not something that you’ll hear everyday.
Her latest track, “Who Saw Who”, has been produced by Jammer BBK (of grime collection Boy Better Know), and is choc-full of classic percussion and saxophone sequences, but with a twist, of course.
‘Me and Jammer started this vibe mash-up in his basement two years ago,” explains Tara Lily. “It has traditional jazz standard progressions with jazz harmonies, melodies and horns mixed up with angry grime beats and double time rhythms. It’s an upbeat song you can vibe and dance to, but with feeling – a telling of real stories and experiences.”