‘Blue Gardens’ has its roots in early dubstep and plays around with syncopated rhythms that can be filed under funky or garage but it’s really led by E.m.m.a’s vivid, delicate synths; layered melodies that stretch and bleed – sometimes sounding haunted and trippy and other times wilting and weepy”
South west London talent e.m.m.a is at the very tip of the electronic vanguard. Signed to the influential and tastemaking Keysound label (which was but “a distant goal I used to dream about”) she has already served up a well-received full length, Blue Gardens. That album combined bold bass with funky rhythms, reggae and dub flourishes with whimsical melody and has been joined by some boutique 7” and 12”s on Wavey Tones.
“I always try and communicate a mood, not necessarily the mood I’m in at the time, but something people can relate to,” says the artist herself. “Plus I have a very short attention span so I need to make sure it keeps me interested the whole way through, so there’s lots going on in my music.”
Influenced by a broad array of sounds from Depeche Mode to The Knife, TV theme music and classic film scores, e.m.m.a has already DJ at fabric and to a packed out crowd at the launch of her album. The coming months will see her working on more vocal stuff as well as a live show, suggesting that this is just the start of even bigger things for this exciting new voice in the electronic world.