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Elmiene returns with “Lover, You Should’ve Come Over,” a cover of Jeff Buckley’s 1994 track, delivered with the depth of emotion and vocal versatility that have become synonymous with the rising UK artist.

As the year concludes, Elmiene is preparing for a breakthrough 2024. Having been shortlisted as an artist to watch by the BBC, VEVO, MTV, and Pandora Music, his cover of “Lover, You Should’ve Come Over” offers a taste of what’s to come.

“I chose Jeff Buckley because ‘Lover, You Should’ve Come Over’ feels like the perfect gateway into the kind of music and emotions I want to express in my next project,” says Elmiene. “This cover is the first chapter of next year’s book.”

The track is accompanied by a visual directed by Ciesay (co-founder of Places+Faces), with creative direction from Cam Hicks (director of Elmiene’s “Someday” video), and references Buckley’s original intimate black-and-white video.

Elmiene has firmly established himself as a favorite of music lovers across the past 12 months. He released a pair of EPs, the independent El-Mean in March, followed by Marking My Time, released via Polydor/ Def Jam in October. The latter sees the 22-year-old logging a personal and emotional checkpoint as his pace of life begins to increase. Contributors on the record include Sampha, Syd, Lil Silva, Dahi, Jim-E Stack, and Jamie Woon.

Alongside the releases he has continued to captivate audiences with his live performances, making his TV debut on Later… With Jools Holland, as well as appearing at Glastonbury for the first time, being invited by collaborator Stormzy to appear on his personally-curated All Points East line-up and selling out four London headline shows (and shows across Paris, NYC + LA).


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