Featured artist: Girlhood

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Who? Girlhood are songwriter Tessa Cavanna and producer Christian Pinchbeck.

What? Street-smart, nineties-indebted pop.

From where? London.

What’s the story? When ex-Elephant band member Christian met neo-soul chanteuse Tessa at the back end of 2015 they instantly bonded over their shared love of nineties pop and late eighties hip-hop.

Christian had just swapped his laptop and instruments for an iPad and bunch of sampling apps, and the pair began crafting their new streamlined sounds from his narrowboat.

A flush of tracks quickly followed during 2016 and 2017, including their debut earworm My Boy and ace follow-up Bad Decisions.

Pouring influences such as The Avalanches and The Fugees onto their distinct UK sound, they’ve formulated a template that’s as indebted to the streets of London as it is their worldly listening habits.

Unsurprisingly, the pair’s super-chilled melodies and nostalgic beats have chimed with BBC Radio 1, while their first-ever headline show in London sold out weeks in advance.

This year, they’ll be out and about at The Great Escape, Latitude Festival, Visions and Iceland Airwaves, with a show at the Amersham Arms, New Cross, this Saturday (14 April) officially kicking off their gig season.

Sounds like? Although Girlhood are obviously in thrall to laidback nineties pop, they’re also inspired by the weirdness of CocoRosie and the beats of Moby…

Predicted to? Get a whole lot of love for their debut album, which is due later this year.

Must hear? Bad Decisions

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