Joy Crookes revels in South London soul on Bad Feeling

Joy Crookes stakes her claim to south London's soul revival on breezy new track Bad Feeling.

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South London has already taken over the worlds of grime and UK Rap, and now it’s coming for British soul as well. They say good things come in threes and with Cosmo Pyke and Ray BLK already widely recognised as two of the most exiting artists around; we’ve been wondering who the third of South London’s soul revivalists could be. At last, we have an answer, Joy Crookes.

At just 18, Crookes has already caught the ear of The Fader, worked with the same producer as SBTRKT and is getting ready to become the next big thing south of the river. On her new single, ‘Bad Feeling’, premiering today on Notion, she laments the temptations that come with a lacklustre relationship, her voice floating breezily over a wonderfully pure instrumental, all muted horns and staccato guitars. It’s the kind of sound that blew up a young Winehouse or post-Fugees Lauryn Hill, yet there’s something unmistakably South London about it, a tone that slots perfectly into the teenage revolution going on down there. Whatever it is, we can’t get enough. Listen below.

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