Saturday, 2 December 2017

Glory is a funky little tune with smooth beats, catchy guitar riffs and soulful vocals aplenty

Chloe Bodur is a 19-year-old singer/songwriter from North West London. Fusing elements of neo-soul, jazz and pop, Bodur has been gracing audiences with her distinctive style. Embodying emotional rawness and unapologetic lyricism, Bodur delivers an authentic sound of reflection and contemplation which has been resonating with listeners all over the UK. 

Raised in a mixed heritage family, whilst immersed in vibrant London, Bodur credits her multi-cultural upbringing for her array of musical influences. 

Idolising the likes of Billie Holiday and Frank Sinatra, as well as gaining inspiration from artist's such as Quincey Jones, D’angelo and Frank Ocean, it is to no wonder that Bodur’s music effortlessly draws listeners into her own unique world and modern fusion. 

Bodur made the move from London to Brighton, where she continued to study music at university and ultimately met her band members. After playing her very first gig, Bodur was picked up by QM Records for the release her of debut single “Glory” and has since been mastering her polished and dynamic sound. 

“Glory” thematically focuses on vulnerability and the underlying sense of loneliness. Bodur reveals, “It was originally written as a poem about youth trying to find love in themselves and in others and how one correlates with the other”. 

As a self-confessed romantic, Bodur conveys her heartfelt introspection through sultry harmonies, which ride atop a hybrid of ambient neo-soul, smooth jazz arrangements and soulful melodies.

Sonically, “Glory” opens with funk-fuelled guitar riffs, slowly transitioning into Bodur’s smokey vocals. With a distinct coolness to her timbre, complex, syncopated drum grooves and hypnotic jazz melodies, Bodur and her band have succeeded in composing a song which is at the fore-front of it’s genre. 

Produced by UK Top 10 charting producer JD.Reid (Mabel, Katy B, Sinead Harnett, D Double E) and mastered at the famed Abbey Road Studios by Alex Gordon (The Kooks, Raye, Sigrid, Circa Waves), the single has already received the stamp of approval from industry professionals. 

Bodur prides herself on the empowerment of young women, hoping to inspire teens from mixed heritage backgrounds and continues to use her music to support female expression and liberation.

Deemed the most promising new act and already selling out live shows, Chloe Bodur is ready for the next step of her musical endeavour with the highly anticipated release “Glory” having hit digital shelves on November 26th. 

Chloe was also kind enough to take time out of her hectic schedule to answer a few questions for us.

How did you get into music in the first place?

I was brought up around a lot of great music. There are videos of me singing along to Anita Baker and Jocelyn Brown when I was about 7 years old. There were always a lot of guitars in the house and I used to read a lot and write poems and stories so songwriting just kind of happened very naturally. 

Who were your musical influences?

I grew up around soul, hip hop and disco courtesy of my Mum and old school crooners like Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra from my dad. I think you can hear the influence of those styles in my music quite clearly. 

What tunes are currently on repeat on your Mp3 Player?

Nai Palm’s album Needle Paw, the whole of Flower Boy by Tyler The Creator and a lot of Rex Orange County and King Krule. 

What’s your life outside of music?

Going to uni and working towards getting my degree, although I study music so I guess I don’t have much of a life outside of music. 

If you could collaborate with any singer who would it be?

There are so many. I’d love to collaborate with Lianne La Havas though. She just seems like the loveliest woman and she’s one of my biggest inspirations. If Lianne La Havas gave me a hug and said she liked my music I’d probably (definitely) cry. 

What’s your favourite genre of music?

I like a lot of different genres of music but I guess hip hop is my go-to. 

What’s next for you musically and are there plans for a UK Tour?

Record and release some more music to release early next year and do a headline show in my hometown (London). I’d love to do a UK tour at some point though, yeah. 

What are your strengths and weaknesses?

Strengths: I’m organised and driven and as nice to everyone as I can be

Weaknesses: I put a lot of pressure on myself and am hyper-sensitive to criticism. I’m also not as great at playing guitar or keys as I could be. 

Where do you draw inspiration for your song lyrics?

Overheard conversations, words from books or lines in films and other songs, my own life and the thoughts ticking over in my head. Everywhere really. 

What is your guilty pleasure?

Channel 4’s First Dates and the chicken and mushroom pot noodle. 

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