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- ‘I Could Let You Love Me’ -
(Smoove / Ministry of Sound)
Out June 27


It is a rare treat indeed to happen upon the kind of unrestrained raw talent that is clearly in abundance with Tempramentals. Vocalist Chrissy Mai wields a voice that can cause shivers from a hundred paces and the songwriting talent to help her naturally transcend pigeonholes be they ‘urban’ or ‘pop’ - one play of debut single ‘I Could Let You Love Me’ will make plain her ability to touch your soul.

Composer-producer Leon Ellis forms the other half of the band’s core – a prolific creator of music since first learning to play keyboards at 11 and latterly an avid DJ/fan of house and drum ‘n’ bass, his experience of clubs and studios has shaped and honed his production skills. The marriage of his beats and Chrissy’s sublime vocals may have come around by chance, but they sound like it’s a partnership that was simply destined to be.

Chrissy has been penning songs and thoughts since her early teens, inspired by her parents’ love of music - as diverse as John Denver and The Carpenters to Aretha Franklin and Gladys Knight, and a natural ability to express her feelings through writing. The lyrical reworking she has spun of a huge R’n’B hit received overwhelmingly positive reactions when first aired as a bootleg, and has now forced the release of the Mario-inspired ‘I Could Let You Love Me’ just in time for the Summer.

Ditching the smothering male lyrics and taking no more than the structure and a handful of lyrical cues from Mario’s original, the subject matter is flipped on its head, and now injected with the truly British, bittersweet and sassy independent-woman kick it needed.

In a time of contrived, soulless response records, this inspired rebuilding of an already huge track simply announces the arrival of a truly exciting new talent. A feature of daytime playlists at Kiss, Choice FM and the nation’s more forward-thinking regional and pirate stations even before being signed as the second release on Ministry of Sound’s Smoove Records imprint, the buzz surrounding the track has been as natural and immediate as it is enthusiastic.

Chrissy became something of a legend in Jamaica having collaborated with Vybz Kartel on the Dancehall smash ‘Wasting My Time’, which found its way to discerning UK airwaves (playlisted at 1Xtra), and in reaching number one in Jamaica resulted in her teaming up with Elephant Man. Tempramentals are currently working on further singles and album material alongside other musicians and producers including R&G’s (Rhythm & Grime’s) leading lights like Terror Danjah for the debut album, released later this year.

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