Brighton based Blu Ernest is somewhat of a hidden diamond in the UK R&B scene.
Ultimately independent, Blu curates the entire creative process behind his art, from song writing to production to even directing his own visuals - a true apotheosis of musical self-sufficiency.
Utilising hazy guitar and vocal reverbs stretched out over sparse but heavy 808 track’s, the south-coast soloist blends classic club elements with modern, progressive R&B production, akin to that of James Blake or a more toned-down Jamie xx.
Vocally accomplished too, Blu takes melancholy, lo-fi vocals adopted by artist like Jack Garratt and applies them to his candid story telling.
Personal and conscientious, stepping into Blu Ernest’s music is like stepping into his world - documentations of the intimacies and feelings he experiences with the people and places around him.
2020 saw the release of Blu’s 3 track EP Slow, Cold and Dark, which received support from some of the biggest Spotify playlists such as Spotify & Chill and R&B UK, as well as BBC introducing, which gave the track Night Shifts it’s first run out in July.
As enigmatic as he is talented, Blu says he has spent the majority of lockdown writing & learning, which hopefully points towards exciting things for 2021.
Since first being introduced to Blu Ernest through brooding ballad Godspeeding, I haven’t been able to stop listening. It would not be an overstatement to say there is no artist from whom I am more eager to hear what is to come...