When Låpsley started out, everything boiled down to a vocal that sounded both light and dark; more than anything, androgynous. Pulling off a post-The Knife technique was enough to turn heads, but since then the Liverpool-bred newcomer has removed herself from being some vocal gymnast. Her vocal remains at the core of every song, but there’s nothing gimmicky or one-trick style about how she executes a verse.
‘Burn’ sees her backflipping, ducking and diving like never before. An effect-free vocal leads the way, but it’s swamped in a high-pitched alter-ego. That’s until the closing minute, which goes deep into the unknown, thumping, drum-and-bass-nodding beats backing up the declaration: “It’s gonna burn if we get closer”. Give or take a year, and Låpsley has firmly defined a style in a way that some artists could take decades mulling over. No fretting, just progression, her future is paved out miles ahead.
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