What a way to bring back UK R&B! London’s very own Zilo dropped her debut full length project at the beginning of this month named The Nature of The Beast which features singles ‘Keep Up Wimmi‘ and ‘Don’t Waste My Time‘. The 24-year-old singer-songwriter has delivered one of the most soulful albums this year and it’s pretty fucking amazing. Whilst staying true to her artistry and providing us with vibrant R&B sounds, the 10 track project reflects on Zilo’s own experiences and her outlook on life. Her smooth and warming vocals bring a whole new meaning to the word ‘talented’. The album artwork which comes courtesy of Zilo herself who paints all her artwork, beautifully depicts her own vision of how she sees herself and her music.
Speaking to Revolt earlier this month, Zilo explains “Each song on this project showcases a different mood and aspect of my personality & the ways in which I’ve approached the situations based on my nature – or that of another person. I talk about past relationships and not being ready for new ones, being introverted, having crushes on my friends, being infatuated, falling in and out of love, inviting people into my space and just the ways I view the world. Then, one of my friends introduced me to the phrase ‘Nature of The Beast’, and it immediately resonated with the kind of things I would often say to myself.”
Album rating: 5/5
Here are my top 3 favourites tracks from The Nature of the Beast:
- Pretty Certain
- Ocean View