If it seems like an absolute age since we last featured Alice Jemima (when we tipped her for big things in 2013) that’s because it is. Back then she was coming off a fairly prolific 2012 when she released an EP, recorded a Radio1 session and was about to blow up on Soundcloud with her Blackstreet cover.
Since then it has been near silence from the lady with the sugar sweet vocals, and with good reason, she’s been working crazy hard. Now signed to the esteemed Sunday Best label, Alice has just been announced as appearing at the forthcoming Radio1 Big Weekend in Exeter. More importantly, she has been working on music. There’s an EP due in June and an album to follow and at last, we have a new tune to indulge in.
And indulge is the right word. It may be that cookies are a sometimes food but Alice’s “Liquorice” (the title track of the aforementioned EP) is an always listen. That simple but compelling bassline blended with the piano is head noddingly lovely and Alice’s intricate wordplay sets the tongue tingling.
She’s explained that “Liquorice” is “a song about trying to please other people, and then drifting off into this imaginary world to try and please yourself. With a tooth as sweet as ours and a sound as delicious as Alice’s, we’re escaping to this imaginary world with her.
The ‘Liquorice’ EP is due out on 17 June via Sunday Best Recordings and is available to pre-order here.