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OUT NOW VIA POLYDOR/DEF JAM RECORDINGS
SHARES FOCUS TRACK “SOMEDAY”
CONTRIBUTORS ON THE EP INCLUDE SAMPHA, SYD, LILSILVA, DAHI, JIM-E STACK, JAMIE WOON
Elmiene shares his new EP, Marking My Time, via Polydor/DefJam Recordings. Marking My Time includes the EP’s title track, “Marking My Time,” which was co-written with Jamie Woon and James Vincent McMorrow (and first debuted on Later…On Jools Holland), “Mad At Fire” co-written by Syd (The Internet) and Lil Silva, and “Mama” produced by Sampha. Along with the EP release Elmiene also debuted single “Someday” on BBC Radio 1 and shared the music video for the track as well.
Marking My Time is the follow-up to his impressive debut EP El-Mean, which was released independently this past spring, which was praised by Line Of Best Fit, stating Elmiene as “one of the year’s most exciting forward-thinking R&B talents.”
On Marking My Time, listeners will find the British artist building on his signature sound that “glazes over you like a sunny autumn afternoon,” as noted by Ebony recently. In making the EP, Elmiene worked with innovators like DJ Dahi, Jim-E Stack, Sampha, Syd, Courage, Lil Silva, and more.
Speaking on his new body of work, Elmiene says, “The general theme of this project is trying to mark my time not in terms of history but just for me personally, so I don’t get lost. Almost making a checkpoint to anchor myself. Even sonically it’s like I’m marking my stamp that I put on things. Because I’m so deep in looking back behind me, I always found myself stumbling over what’s gonna happen next. So when my life started speeding up massively, I had to learn how to keep an eye on both sides – appreciating the past in order to do the future the right way and do it justice.”
Despite having only released a handful of songs, the 21-year-old, Oxford-based artist has already made waves in the music scene. His 2021 track “Golden” went viral after Benji B handpicked it to soundtrack Virgil Abloh’s final Louis Vuitton show. He was invited again by Benji to perform alongside Robert Glasper and Yasiin Bey for Louis Vuitton in Paris, Elmiene’s first live show ever. Since then, he has appeared on critically acclaimed albums by Stormzy and Lil Silva, performed at Glastonbury, and made his TV debut on Later… With Jools Holland.
Already known for his captivating live performances, Elmiene tickets continue to stay in high demand. This year alone, he has sold-out four headline shows in London, and this Autumn, he will also be launching his North American tour with stops in Toronto, New York City and Los Angeles.
The allure of his live sets is clear from his COLORS appearance, where he played an unplugged version of fan favorite “Endless No Mores.” The platform likened his blend of soothing vocals and poetic songwriting with “the magic of D’Angelo mixed with Sampha.” Recently, Vogue described him as “set to take over in 2023”, Benji B nominated him to appear in GQ’s “your favourite artists favourite artist”, Pigeons & Planes included him on their “best new artists” list, and Crack declared, “Elmiene is preparing for the next chapter.”
Upcoming Live Dates
10/29 – Toronto, QC @ The Drake Underground
11/1 – New York, NY @ Public Records
11/9 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Moroccan Lounge
Marking My Time
Polydor/Def Jam Recordings
October 20th, 2023
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