What? Purveyor of smoky, sophisticated soul, which combines the flavour of the dusty Mississippi delta with the darkly hypnotic beats of trip-hop.
From where? London, by way of Ireland and Italy.
What’s the story? Francesca first hooked up with Tricky at a song contest he held in London to find a new collaborator.
Since then, she’s brought her sultry vocal hooks, classic arrangements and vintage soul ethics to his two latest albums, False Idols and Adrian Thaws.
Over the last few months she’s also been brewing her own distinct blend of urban soul. The first taster is Stole, a beguiling slice of grown-up pop, which channels the raw heart of Billie Holiday with low slung hip-hop beats and drowning drones.
Her hotly anticipated debut album, produced by Tricky and Fybe, is expected early 2015 on Tricky’s False Idols label. For a taster of what’s to come, catch Francesca live at The Garage, London, on 3 December.
Sounds like? Francesca has stepped back into the soulful world of the mid-seventies Deep South, taking a sample specimen of late-nineties trip-hop DNA with her.
Predicted to? Make a huge splash with her debut album, out soon.
Must hear? Stole – a well-rested hunk of deep, dark soul.