George Maple LoverFinally, finally, we have a George Maple album. The globetrotting singer has released her boldly passionate and deliberately fragmented debut, delving into the femme fatale’s world of unrequited love, strength, weakness, pain and liberation.

Lover is full of exceptional streaks: the intimate Hold Me By The Waist’s expansive, cascading climax; the What So Not-produced Buried; GoldLink’s verse on Sticks And Horses, the glistening might in Hero; the sensuality which bulges from Kryptonite. There are also more low-key moments which play out like a jazz singer in a smoke-filled back street bar, like the slinky-smooth Like You Used To, the delicate Slow Dancing or the dusky impasse Sweeter Than I.

Even though the album is full of immersive drops and glitchy backbeats (it’s worth noting here that Maple was the sole or executive producer on every track), the real highlight is her voice: delicate but demanding, fiercely powerful, completely empowering.

Lover is out now via EMI.

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