Stevie Neale

Stevie Neale

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Her self-produced and cutting-edge electronic/R&B tinged beats might have been made while she was living in the Cornish wilderness but her stunning voice belongs more to the distant city skyscrapers and superstar billboards of her Hackney home.

Biography

Someone once said "Pop will eat itself" and if you were watching X Factor in a gloomy Cornwall pub last year you might have agreed. In the corner of the room a star was being born, but not the one with a crowd huddled around the TV; instead Stevie Neale was fighting for airtime at one of her small town showcases -- a set of gigs destined to be the stuff of music industry legend.

There are two big draws to Stevie that make her a rare pop prospect. Firstly, she produces all of her own songs. Her first self-taught beats came together on way out-of-date computers whilst glancing out of the window at rural Cornwall. The result is a sound that mixes the cutting edge with some well placed bits of the past - Trip Hop meets Future Bass via the classic swing of Garage. As a producer she's earning her stripes and her music is all the more personal for it. Take 'Dangerous", for example, where soulful piano rubs up against a garage beat; imagine if James Blake relocated his music to late 1990s London.

The starring role, though, is Stevie's huge voice; carrying a range and power that leaps out of those precocious electronic beats. She packs a lot of soul into her performances - whether that's a Mary J Blige-esque belt or the acidic putdowns of "Dangerous". Hers is a voice that doesn't come around often and when paired with her exciting homespun beats makes for a heady cocktail.

Stevie's self-produced and cutting-edge electronic/R&B tinged beats might have been made while she was living in the Cornish wilderness but her stunning voice belongs more to the distant city skyscrapers and superstar billboards of her new London home. It's a combination that is already winning her fans in high places - having started out with a feature spot on Morgan Zarate's Hyperdub EP. Meanwhile her own debut single "Dangerous" is already snowballing, having received Radio 1 plays from Toddla T, Annie Mac, Zane Lowe, Rob Da Bank and Huw Stevens as well as a tonne of online support.

The train journey from Cornwall to London is a good four hours. For Stevie Neale the journey has been even longer and challenging. Her voice, huge pop songs and confidence have conquered everything in her way so far, and with much more to come she looks set to continue her exciting journey as far as it goes.

Discography

Debut Single 'Dangerous' out November 5th via Week Of Wonders. Already picked up Radio One plays from Toddla T & Zane Lowe.
http://www.soundcloud.com/stevieneale/dangerous

Feature spot on Morgan Zarate's 'Broken Heart Collector' EP out October 1st via Hyperdub Records.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Pa4jtxkiQt0