Lauren Ackie – Genesis EP review

It is an excit­ing time for British R&B and soul at the moment, with fresh tal­ent emerg­ing from every cor­ner of the scene. Artists are work­ing hard to carve out a unique space and sound for them­selves, and among them is singer Lau­ren Ack­ie.

Hail­ing from north-west Lon­don, Ackie‘s 2015 debut EP Black­out gar­nered some atten­tion, but much less than it deserved. Since its release, Ack­ie has ded­i­cat­ed her time to fine-tun­ing her craft by releas­ing remix­es and refix­es show­cas­ing her effort­less vocals and abil­i­ty. Her ‘In Those Jeans’ remix (orig­i­nal­ly by Gin­uwine) fea­tures a mash-up of your favourite 90s and noughties R&B songs, and was the release that got the Twit­ter­sphere talking.

Now, a cou­ple of years on from her debut release, with a grow­ing fan base, her new EP, Gen­e­sis, shows just how much she has grown in cre­ative confidence.

Ackie’s sound is dis­tinc­tive – much like Tee­dra Moses. There is a com­plex sim­plic­i­ty to her music. Pro­duced pre­dom­i­nant­ly by Sun­ny Kale (who has worked with artists such as Eric Bellinger and Stor­mzy), his crisp beats are pow­er­ful, but do not over­whelm. This allows space for Ackie’s vocals to tru­ly shine and ride the wave of his melodies.

Ackie’s vocals on Gen­e­sis are laced with echo effects that are eerie, yet warm. Each track boasts flaw­less har­monies and ador­ing ad-libs, which add to the over­ar­ch­ing reflec­tive feel of the EP. In true 90s R&B fash­ion, the need for love and accep­tance are the themes that dom­i­nate this project. Tracks such as ‘Call­ing You’ are rem­i­nis­cent of old-school Cia­ra, while ‘I Need You’ and ‘Love Me’ mir­ror a sim­i­lar vibe to Vivian Green. The final track on the EP is ‘Escape’, and whilst it ends quite abrupt­ly, the unan­swered ques­tions in the track will sim­ply leave you want­i­ng more. Between her vel­vet vocals and quirky style, it is just a mat­ter of time before Ack­ie trans­forms the British R&B scene for the better.


Gen­e­sis EP is out now, self-released by Lau­ren Ackie.

If you like this artist, check out: Tee­dra Moses; Ray Blk.

Image: cour­tesy of Lau­ren Ackie