Elmiene’s voice is undeniable. The now 21-year-old has been called on for his sweetly soulful croons since his living room concert days, and has now collaborated with Sampha, Jim-E Stack, BADBADNOTGOOD, Syd, DJ Dahi, James Vincent McMorrow, Courage and Jamie Woon.
As debuts go, his was quite a monumental one. After a chance encounter with Louis Vuitton’s musical director and DJ Benji B, the track struck a chord and went on to form the soundtrack of Virgil Abloh’s final show for the brand, taking on an entirely new cultural gravitas. Since then, Elmiene has graced Lil Silva’s critically-acclaimed Yesterday Is Heavy project, Stormzy’s This Is What I Mean, and his COLORS performance.
His sound resurrects the theatrics and vocal chops of old-school RnB loverboys with the timeless musings of our soul titans and filters it through a refreshingly modern production prism of jagged synths, metallic chords, spoken word and soaring strings.