Y'all better be ready for the ferocious talent that is Moko, because this lady is ready to take over. Emerging from the darkness on stage at Birthdays in Dalston, Moko was hypnotic. Her silhouette a pendulum swaying in time with her honey coated, soulful voice. Oh that voice. Rising and falling as if singing comes as easily as breathing. I was taken to church, baptised, married and given the last rites. Her leading track 'Summon the Strength' is intoxicating. It begins with mournful husky vocals, a woman wounded and dejected. As the track progresses the minimal backing beat rises, coaxing Moko's voice to reveal its true power.
The track is emotive and raw but Moko herself is enigmatic, an intriguing veiled figure. Catogorising her music is all but impossible. A fusion of soul, gospel, lounge, electronic and dance, the sound is new yet nostalgic. Moko has released two more tracks online, 'Reach High', think 90s dance with a modern beat, as well as my favourite 'Freeze', a dramatic edgy power ballad. Check out both tracks after the jump.
If you want to catch Moko live she's playing in London and Brighton soon. Click HERE for more info.