Weller-Blessed Yasmin Kiddle - the New Sound of UK Soul
Louder Than War - “Yasmin will ensure to blow you away with her soulful voice and melodic song writing”
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After hearing just one track over the phone, Ocean Colour Scene’s Steve Cradock was convinced he’d struck upon an exciting new talent. Yasmin Kiddle is a self-taught musician (guitar, bass, drums and, for good measure, piano!), writing, composing, playing and even producing the bulk of her material, initially in her converted bedroom and more recently in Paul Weller’s Black Barn studio, via personal invitation! Influenced by the music she grew up listening to, not just soul legends like Minnie Ripperton and Aretha Franklin but 60’s rock bands and more recent influences from the worlds of grime and R&B. With a voice and skill which belies her years, Yasmin’s latest tracks coincide with a tour of Scottish arenas as support to Ocean Colour Scene.
Growing up in London a half-Greek Cypriot, Yasmin has experienced the bleaker sides of life before her determination set herself on a steady course to fame. Battling depression as well as dealing with the issues that come with finding yourself as a young, gay woman and the break-up of a relationship, Yasmin’s songs carry a weight of emotion which can only come from real-life experience. Yasmin Kiddle has a natural aptitude for both working in the studio as well as on stage, allowing her songs to naturally find a home in the listener’s ear, no matter what their age or background.
Following the critically acclaimed EP, The Precede, her new collection of tracks is an achingly dreamy selection of modern soul melodies and beats with the stature and intelligence of artists like Janis Joplin and Carole King. Preceded by the single, Desire, whose rhythms feel ready-made for the current heatwave, Soul Tide is another step towards Yasmin becoming one of the fastest rising stars in the UK scene.
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July 25, 2019 11:15am ET by Quite Great