Speech Debelle made her mark in 2009 with her Mercury Prize-winning debut album Speech Therapy. and followed it up with her 2012 sophomore project Freedom Of Speech. Both projects solidified her poetic infused style of music that dives into the dynamics of race, power politics and pleasure.
Her latest record “Away From Here” sees her teaming with vocalist Baby Sol for a heartfelt and insightful piece that explores the dichotomy of home and away, exploring connections, roots, and restoration. Over a bouncy and sublime backdrop provided by producer Skripture and heavenly sax by Ruth Sax’, Speech blends a seamless mix of poetry with fiery rap schemes to paint pictures as she journey along in this life as we know it while Miss Baby Sol adds their somewhat hushed melodic runs into the track giving it that warm touch.
“Away From Here” is taken from her forthcoming new album Sunday Dinner on a Monday set for 2023 and has been mixed and mastered by Grammy-nominated and MOBO award-winning mixer and engineer Clinton McCreery (Enny, Kofi Stone, Manik MC), with writing and production from Skripture (Will.i.am, Gregory Porter, Basement Jaxx), and collaborations with Dem Drums, Jamaican production team Island Wav, Kensaye, and Mark Cake.
It includes features from English contemporary pianist and composer Neil Cowley (Adele, Emeli Sande, Maribou State), Miss Baby Sol, Dylema, Alyesha Lei and Ruth Sax.