Nilüfer Yanya's debut single is an arresting, impressive first move from a young singer. The 21-year-old is another talented Londoner, joining the ranks of recent, wise-beyond-their-years favorites like Jorja Smith, NAO, and Connie Constance.
"Small Crimes," which is out now via the Blue Flowers label, sees Nilüfer's soulful, intimate vocals play out over wafts of guitar but otherwise restrained production. It's simple but effective—her voice and lyrics are all that's needed to grab your attention and not let go.
Although we're told that she takes influence from Nina Simone and Jeff Buckley as well as modern artists like Connan Mockasin and Rosie Lowe, the resulting song is full of personality and very much her own. Listen to "Small Crimes" below.