Meet Moko, a soulful songstress who happens to be as amazing as her hair already suggests.
You might already know her — or, at the very least, recognize her voice — from Chase & Status‘ 2013 breakbeat hit, “Count On Me.” Following the song’s success, Moko made her solo debut with the 4-track Black EP in late 2013 — a soulful, slinky and vaguely mysterious production with cuts like “Hand On Heart” and “Honey Cocaine.”
Now, Moko’s back for another round this year — ahead of her 2015 full length debut — with the Gold EP. (Black and gold…see what she’s done there, Sam Sparro?)
The upcoming follow-up to her debut EP, due out in late August, promises to be a “unique blend of 90’s soul, R&B and House tinged emotive pop” (so basically, all of the best things in the world).
The collection boasts production from the likes of Two Inch Punch (Sam Smith), Kwes and Chase & Status, who return the favor for “Count On Me” with her latest, very brilliant new single: “Your Love.”
And that’s where she caught my attention.
As is the trend du jour across the pond, “Your Love” touches on early ’90’s House sound, just like Katy B‘s Little Red, Disclosure‘s Settle, Kiesza‘s “Hideaway” and Route 94‘s “My Love” with Jess Glynne. And, lucky for Moko, it’s a sound that just doesn’t get old.
“I don’t ask for much…I just want your love!” she urges across the intoxicating dance floor anthem, accompanied by a very Robin S-esque organ bass and four-to-the-floor ’90’s House pulsations. It’s an instantly nostalgic, feel-good earworm.
But “Your Love” is best digested while watching the newly released video: Shot in an abandoned (but gorgeously lit) warehouse, the singer struts, sashays and vogues her way from room to room, serving us with some seriously fierce moves that ought to appeal to any Paris Is Burning fan. And the way she works those puffy ponytails? Yes, ma’am.
With sickening moves at her disposal and an incredible, full-bodied voice capable of commanding a tune, Moko’s surely got the goods to make major moves in Pop Land very, very soon. One to watch? Oh, absolutely.
The ‘Gold EP’ will be released on August 24. (iTunes)