Andreya Triana holds one of the most recognisable voices in British soul, with two full-length LPs in her own name and a host of high-profile guest spots for the likes of Bonobo, Mr Scruff and Flying Lotus. Having spent time refining her craft since her early days in London, Triana studied Music Technology at the University of Leeds before rising to prominence with her participation in the 2006 Red Bull Music Academy in Melbourne. It was at RBMA that she teamed up with FlyLo to write the stunning “Tea Leaf Dancers”, a sleepy slow-burner that demonstrates a perfect combination of her stirring vocal tones and the LA producer’s extraordinary ear for ambient soundscapes. Returning to Leeds on the 4th of March for the launch party of May’s Soundcrash Funk Soul Weekender at Camber Sands, few names in electronic music would be better suited to the FSN stage at Leeds’ centre of soul, HiFi Club.
HiFi’s reputation as one of Yorkshire’s most important platforms for funk and soul artists is by now well-known, having recently seen the weekly night MoveOnUp celebrate it’s twentieth year, and whether putting on DJs or live bands, the Central Lane basement achieves immaculate sound week in week out. Joined by a full band on the day, the powerful and controlled live performance of Ninja Tune’s most enchanting daughter should be at perfect harmony with the warm and stylish surroundings.
As both a performer and a composer, Andreya has produced music oozing with class, with a confidence to match her enviable natural talents and wealth of musical accomplices. Fans of Bonobo might know her as the voice of his masterpiece album Black Sands, but to have not heard her albums Giants and Lost Where I Belong is to be missing a vital chapter of modern soul. Seeing her perform within such an intimate environment is sure to be an experience blessed with cathartic melodies, warm smiles and the gentle shuffle of feet and lazy dancefloor beats.
Words by Andrew Kemp
Photos courtesy of Ninja Tune