As Emily Wells prepares to embark on a full UK tour, which starts next week, the Brooklyn musician reveals a striking cover of Haddaway's dancefloor classic 'What Is Love'. Emily will also release her forthcoming single 'Mama's Gonna Give You Love' on December 16th through Partisan Recordstaken from her album 'Mama' that was released earlier this year.
The mesmerising tones of Emily Wells are clear to see as she takes on this 90s dancefloor classic, completely transforming the track to make it her own. It offers a glimpse of what to expect fromEmily's enthralling live show as delicate violin strings are strewn against subtle dance-beats in a way that fall together so naturally.
See Emily Wells live:
7th Dec - Start The Bus - Bristol (UK)
8th Dec - Ruby Lounge - Manchester (UK)
9th Dec - Belgrave Music Hall - Leeds (UK)
10th Dec- King Tuts - Glasgow (UK)
11th Dec - Whelans - Dublin (IE)
12th Dec - Cookie Jar - Leicester (UK)
14th Dec - Bogeiz - Cardiff (UK)
15th Dec - Sticky Mikes - Brighton (UK)
16th Dec - The Boilerroom - Guildford (UK)
17th Dec - Lexington - London (UK)
Best known for a combination of subtle hip-hop inflections strewn against her recognizable feline vocals, Emily Wells' music is somehow simultaneously delicate, yet deeply effective. The UK release of 'Mama' followed Emily Wells' contribution to the soundtrack for Park Chan-Wook's psychological thriller Stoker for which she recorded track 'Becomes The Colour', and featured alongside Clint Mansell and Philip Glass.
From the start of her career, Wells' musical interests were simply too wide ranging for just one instrument. Trained as a classical violinist, the Texan soon created her own sonic "spaceship," an ever-growing pulsating arsenal of synthesizers, effects pedals and toy instruments, all tied together with live sampling and a genre-agnostic approach that is diverse, distinctive, and utterly her own. Honing her sound on a series of independent releases, including an acclaimed cover of The Notorious B.I.G.'s classic 'Juicy', it was these initial glimpses and the countless live dates both as bandleader and solo performer that carved out the musician she has become today.
Emily Wells is an artist whose innate complexities lift her out of that particular stable and into a realm all of her own, and with a live show that is diverse, distinctive, and utterly her own, it's a performance not to be missed.