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Gareth Fantastic vocals - shimmers of Kate Bush and Sally Oldfield Favorite track: Red.
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Muhammad origonal and great EP..
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M.D.L. ESKA has a unique voice and phrasing, and the music has a refreshing sound that's hard to slot into any one category but good. Favorite track: Red.
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Nemo Halperin Eska does folk, and folk me is it good! This indelible EP is beautiful in it's range and depth. Essential. Favorite track: Red.
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Simon Daley ESKA finds just the right balance between Soul, Folk and Jazz on this EP! It's crazy to think that this is her debut project, the future is looking bright! Favorite track: Red.
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flake Hadn't finished listening to the album before I bought the vinyl, it's just so obviously a classic. ESKA is a hugely talented artist.
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Red 05:15
Dawn in crimson, just like the tide Solid ocean, shore's behind Head for the edge of the world when you finally push the boat out Knowing only what you know now And all that you learn you’ll have to forget - forget Painting it over again and again - red, red! See for yourself Sunken treasures - you buried them deep Currents unseen take you down, taking you down Taking you down, down, down... Belly feels awful weak You only see what you see now And all that you learn you’ll have to forget - painting it red! With the blood ink in your veins Take those sails and paint them red No escape from the rise and the fall of the waves For the unwritten days and those days you cannot change On the journey from womb to the grave, many things to forgive and forget Ah heartache! No need to regret But there are some things in this life that are heartache - red! And all that you learn you’ll have to forget - never comes easy Painting it over again and again - red, red! They were patiently waiting for her to arrive Finally she came ashore, late to her own life We'll cross that when we come to it - brace yourself We'll cross that when we come to it We’ll come to it - brace yourself
Improvised lyrics
Trouble’s in need of an arrogant heart A hard and a stubborn love won’t go down easily She can say what she likes I don’t mind the battle it brings I already know I’m gon’ win Standing my ground, yeah! Fight like a bull in the ring Arrogant heart A hard and a stubborn love won’t go down easily They can say what they like It’s OK, it’s alright


Debut solo Gatekeeper EP from ESKA

Watch 'Arrogant Heart Pt II' video:


released November 19, 2013

All Tracks Written by: Eska Mtungwazi (copyright control) Except -

Red: Eska Mtungwazi (copyright control), Jesse Hackett (copyright control), Robin Mullarkey (copyright control)
She's In The Flowers: Eska Mtungwazi (copyright control), Anselmo Nato (copyright control)

All Tracks Produced by: ESKA & David Okumu Except -

Red: ESKA, Matthew Herbert & David Okumu
She's In The Flowers: ESKA, Matthew Herbert & David Okumu
Arrogant Heart Part II: ESKA & Louis Hackett

All Tracks Mixed by: Louis Hackett (Raw Dog Studios)

All Tracks Mastered by: Mike Marsh (The Exchange)

Photography by: Rebecca Bellantoni

Artwork by: Otis Marchbank

℗ & © 2013 EARTHLING001 | UK3DS1300001 |

ESKA is the most talked about, revered, internationally known singer you've never heard of. Prepare to be let in on one of music's best kept secrets this November with her 'Gatekeeper' EP, the first ever release of her solo material.

Possessing one of the best and most memorable voices in the UK right now, ESKA weaves together diverse musical elements - hints of folk, soul, psychedelica and electronica can all be heard on 'Gatekeeper' - and pairs them with stirring lyrics, born from burning passion, which traverse scenes from church stories and rituals. With this debut release, ESKA has created something pure and timeless which echoes past traditions while at the same time managing to surprise with its stunning originality.

Independent of an official release, ESKA's music has already created a buzz; receiving strong radio support from the likes of Gilles Peterson, who made the EP's title song his track of the week on his BBC 6 Music show. Lauren Laverne was quoted on her 6 Music show, after playing the lead single that she "loved it". Jamie Cullum, from BBC Radio 2 described 'Gatekeeper' as "an unbelievable track, that will be hard to beat in 2013" and BBC Radio London's Robert Elms recently featured a sensational live performance of 'She's in the Flowers'.

Having built an inimitable reputation as a writer and performer through collaborations with such legends of the game as Grace Jones, Cinematic Orchestra, Zero 7 and Bobby McFerrin together with performances in some of the world's most famous venues and festivals, it's time to discover ESKA's own unique sound in full force on her new EP. Co-produced with The Invisible's David Okumu with additional co-production on two tracks coming from electronic star Matthew Herbert, who has previously remixed tracks for Björk, R.E.M. and Yoko Ono, 'Gatekeeper' is sure to be unlike anything heard all year.

Prepare for the secret to be let out of the bag on November 20th with one of the year's most hotly anticipated releases. With the buzz surrounding the 'Gatekeeper' EP building to a roar, it's time to discover ESKA.


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ESKA is the most talked about, revered, internationally known singer you've never heard of! Releasing her first EP in 2013, her critically acclaimed debut solo album is OUT NOW!

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