Artist Watch: Ekkah

Monday, July 14, 2014

When you have a fairly common name you're bound to have someone in your friends' circle that possesses your namesake. Since I am the 156th Jennifer you'll ever meet in your life, I have in my short life had about a handful of Jennifers that have been pals. Due to that, and for the longest, I thought to form an all-girl band called: JENNIFER! (the exclamation point and the all caps are necessary). Still I don't think it'll be successful, because Jennifer's, eh, we're kind of bougie and self-absorbed. Someone is bound go all Diana Ross on everyone within first single drop. Who has been successful on the dual/multiple names front are The Donnas, The Veronicas, and the two Melanie's B & C from the Spice Girls, and now hoping to gain similar success is Ekkah, two Rebecca's (Rebekah Pennington and Rebecca Wilson) who hail from the UK and who have their keen ears latched to the future soul movement.

I'm quite impressed with their debut single "Figure It Out". It's got everything I like in it --- '80s synthesizers, Jessie Ware-esque vocals, and a bassline that bumps --- and it settles down the bones some as its perfectly lush. Its late summer afternoons, beaches, and all that easy-does-it stuff. The duo are prepping for an EP, and in the meantime are coasting on this song, and a few demos on their recently dropped (and aptly titled) Summer mixtape. There's also a really funky rework of Patrice Rushen's "Forget Me Nots" on there as well, so yeah, they are worth a scope.

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