If you haven’t already heard of Jorja Smith, here’s a great introduction to the up-and-coming British neo-soul songstress. Earlier this month, she appeared on UK channel BeBox’s Fresh Focus Artist of the Month feature with a stunning live performance of the TLC classic, “No Scrubs.”
Her rendition bears shades of FKA Twigs, Lauryn Hill and The Internet—if they were playing in a smoke-filled basement jazz club. Which means to say the slick production of the original is dropped in favor of the soft touch of synth pads, funk basslines, jazz drumming and understated guitar riffs in the background. And, of course, Smith’s own immaculate vocals.
The singer’s recently announced debut album, Lost & Found, is set to drop on June 8. Listen to the “No Scrubs” cover here: