There aren’t many people that can boast comparisons with Nina Simone and Macy Gray, but East London native Chinwe has been making waves with her self-possessed and soulful vocals – and “Oh Love”, her latest release is a minimal masterpiece in itself.
Straddling the lanes of R&B and soul, the heartfelt track navigates the space just after heartache, where the mind is in equal conflict between longing and moving on. We feel you.
Over a simple, slow-burning production, the husky vocals from the classically-trained singer and songwriter pulse and meander effortlessly – making her an artist to keep a very close eye on.
“I wrote ‘Oh Love’ the week after a breakup,” explains Chinwe. “No one was really to blame, so I guess I started feeling disillusioned with love itself. The song’s about being in a place where you’re still attached to someone and even though you don’t want to go back, you can’t work out how to move forward without them, so you’re just kind of stuck in an abyss.”
Listen to “Oh Love” below…