Label: FAMM
Released: June 8

Since supporting Drake on his 2016 tour of the UK, Jorja Smith has accumulated fans at a fast pace. Jumping on the rise of her popularity, the exquisite Walsall native released Lost & Found, her 12-track debut LP. Fusing jazz, hip-hop, blues and stripped-back acoustic takes, the 21-year-old songwriter brings her internal world to life on this slow-moving, atmospheric record. Jorja passionately describes her deepest desires, hungering for true love and experiencing the deepest hollows of rejection and the soaring heights of lust. With a voice that sounds like it belongs to a whole different era—husky, sexy and effortlessly cool, the aesthetic of the writing and production resonates as entirely linear throughout. When Jorja could have recruited pals Stormzy, Drake or Kali Uchis onto the album, convoluting the vibes but upping impact with the features, she opted to guest no vocalists, spotlighting only her own dulcet tones—a badass statement which communicates strong self-belief. —Milly McMahon