Fresh from supporting John Legend on tour and a brilliant collaboration with Joe Hertz Amber-Simone back with her first solo single of 2016, “Body Talk”. Drawing from the widest possible array of influences, Amber-Simone is supremely talented. Her tracks are a blend of classic R&B sensibilities channelled through a forward-facing electronic prism. With her beguiling androgynous vocal and inventive soundscapes, there is nobody quite like Amber-Simone.
On new track “Body Talk”, she says: “‘Body Talk’ is all about embracing control and sexuality. It is my take on the sonics of temptation and this is why the visual element for the track was so imperative. The artwork reflects the story of Adam and Eve, tying into ‘Body Talk’ through the constant themes of lust and temptation.”
We talk to Amber-Simone about her inspiration, life on the road and what’s next.
New single “Body Talk” is a real sweet blend of old-school soul and electronica, what kind of music did you listen to growing up and has this shaped your work?
I listened to a real mix growing up, people like Angie stone, Earth Wind and Fire, Jill Scott and Dazz band are some of my favourites that my parents used to play.
What was the last record you listened to?
I'm really into this guy called WILLS at the moment; his track Woes vs. Whoas is pretty serious.
Your songwriting has real depth, what inspires your lyrics?
I guess I really like to amplify how I’m feeling so I can look back at each track and remember a time and place, kind of like a photograph. I feel by being true to the moment and connecting with what's going on in my head, lyrics tend to weld themselves together quite quickly.
You went out on tour with John Legend; did you learn anything playing those huge shows?
Probably its biggest impact has been on how I’ve gone about writing music since and just trying to get the right energy. It's played a big part in how I’ve approached writing my EP.
Where’s been your favourite place to perform?
I haven’t played a lot of shows so far but I’ve seen a little bit of everything. There's something really special and personal about more intimate shows, but playing the O2 arena has been a massive highlight for me.
You previously collaborated with Joe Hertz. Are there any artists that you would love to work with in the future?
A Sampha collaboration would definitely blow my mind.
Your new EP is due later this year, how is it shaping up?
It’s definitely a work in progress, but I’d say there are some contenders surfacing now which is exciting.
What does the future hold?
It's still a mystery to me...
"Body Talk" will be available to buy and stream from 26 August