Following the autumn feature of Samantha Lindo’s single ‘Turn & Leave’ in the BBC Sounds ‘Hot List’ curated by BBC Introducing and BBC 6 Music, this month looks set to birth another beautiful track out of the depths of winter.
Samantha Lindo is a Bristol based soul, UK jazz and trip-hop artist of mixed Jamaican heritage making waves both locally and nationally. She has been championed by the Bristol Post as having ‘a voice that is hauntingly flawless, which has crowds mesmerised within seconds’.
Her debut single ‘Turn & Leave’ was showcased nationally on the BBC Sounds Hot List November 2019, curated by BBC Introducing and BBC 6 Music. Samantha Lindo also performed at an amnesty International show alongside British sensation James Morrison, was featured at the annual TEDx Talks ‘Daring to Disrupt’ at Colston Hall, Bristol, as well as selected for Saffron records (Bristol’s all-female record label) October 2019 Spotify playlist and in Sofar Sounds City Spotlight playlist for Bristol for 2020.
Nitelife magazine describes how she ‘weaves poetry, spoken word and beautiful lyricism’ through her songs, ‘presenting some very real and raw issues of love, life and the human condition through her uplifting tones’ and the new track ‘Underside’ is no exception.
“Underside is crafted from lived experience, the song celebrates the value of speaking from ‘the Underside’, the place of suffering that we would sometimes prefer to conceal and mask.”
Speaking of the writing process, Samantha Lindo explains: “The track was written for my friend who was struggling. I wanted to welcome and celebrate her honesty and vulnerability as it is those things that both deepen relationships and also start to heal the hurt and the video, through a simple performance, maps the journey out of this shadowy isolation”.
To celebrate their shared process of recovery and friendship, Samantha and her friend Rebecca Jackson (a now practicing counsellor, psychotherapy masters student and budding author) will be producing an artists Q&A and podcast at the launch, supported by Time to Change, a national campaign led by charities Mind and Rethink, which is committed to ending mental health stigmatisation.
In terms of genre, ‘Underside’ leans towards UK Jazz, with a Tom Misch like guitar line and a vocal delivery that holds the possibility for both depth and an effortless soaring, something that is in congruence with the theme of the song.
Inspired by Celeste, Micheal Kiwanuka, Yasmine Lacey and fellow artists in the new wave of UK jazz, as well as as old school soul legend Etta James and spoken word prophetess Kate Tempest, Samantha harnesses the intrinsic power and beauty of the female vocal.
‘Underside’ is now available on all major platforms.