Single Review: Emmi – Sleep on It

By on Thursday, 13th August 2015 at 12:00 pm

Having spent the past few years writing songs for the likes of Little Nikki, Leona Lewis and Bridgit Mendler, Aussie/Brit Emmi stepped out of the shadows and stormed onto the music scene as a singer/songwriter with her debut single ‘My Kinda Swag’. The track made headway amongst industry tastemakers, having featured on The Guardian’s “Pop Playlist” and also catching the attention of Greg James, who gave it a spin on BBC Radio 1. Following on from her tremendous debut and a busy summer of recording, Emmi’s latest single ‘Sleep on It’ is destined for similar success.

Produced by DaWood (who has previously worked with Blue and Roll Deep), ‘Sleep on It’ is a confident pop track, showcasing Emmi’s ability to create an eclectic pop sound with glimmering vocals, feel-good choruses and catchy melodies.

Singing over a gripping arrangement of horns, piano and percussion, Emmi’s thought-provoking lyrics tell the story of a late night quarrel between a couple, who will discuss matters further the next day, once they’ve had time to think about it: “I don’t want, wanna fight no more, wanna fight no more / can I get some sleep tonight, tonight, you don’t know if you love me no more.” The thought and meaning behind the lyrics is strongly emphasised through Emmi’s broad vocal range, which combines the (wuthering) heights of Kate Bush, the powerful, sharp tones of Sia, and the maturity of Amy Winehouse.

It’s hard to believe that ‘Sleep on It’ is only the second single from Emmi. She has managed to craft a sound that brings out the best of her lyrical and vocal abilities, something many artists struggle to achieve so early on in their careers. With two solid releases under her belt already, there’s certainly a promising future for this young star. Remember the name, as you’ll be hearing it a lot over the coming months, possibly even years.


Emmi’s ‘Sleep on It’ single is out now.

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