Jessie Ware first entered our consciousness as a breath of fresh air amidst the then current climate of female pop back in 2012 with the release of her
delicately soulful debut album 'Devotion'. Recorded with little fanfare in low-key sessions with Dave Okumu of The Invisible, it became one of the most
critically acclaimed albums of the year, lauded by everyone from Pitchfork to Heat Magazine and nominated for the Mercury Prize. As a solo artist she
was also nominated for two Brits in 2013- Breakthrough and British Female. Plaudits were followed by an ever-expanding fanbase, meaning Ware was
constantly on tour as she gained millions of new devotees from across the world. The mania of Jessie's schedule that ensued post release of 'Devotion'
poetically led to the creation of her already brilliantly received lead single from the new album 'Tough Love'.
The record's executive producers are BenZell (a new production duo made up of PMR labelmate Two Inch Punch and Katy Perry and Ke$ha super-producer Benny Blanco). You can hear the leaps in production and songwriting that come with experience and an expanded team. While the record still
draws on the suave, svelte palette of synths and bass heard on 'Devotion', they're combined with more confident choruses and lush arrangements.
Jessie's stunning vocal is brought to the fore - it often feels she's whispering right in your ear.
'Devotion' collaborators Dave Okumu and James Ford worked with Jessie again, but there are also a few household names on the record this time
around. Miguel, who had previously worked with Jessie on her remix of his track "Adorn", wrote with her on a string of sessions in the US. A long cry from
her makeshift studio in Okumu's Lewisham front room, he would bring R&B royalty in to hear their work - J.Cole could be seen poking his head round the
1. Tough Love
2. You & I (Forever)
4. Say You Love Me
5. Sweetest Song
6. Kind of Sometimes Maybe
7. Want Your Feeling
9. Keep on Lying
10. Champagne Kisses
12. All On You
13. Share It All
14. Way We Are
15. Midnight Caller