Delilah – ‘From The Roots Up’

Delilah - 'From The Roots Up'


Sounds like an Emeli Sandé that’s worth all the trouble

Born Paloma Stoecker – but there’s clearly only room for the one Paloma in this game – the re-handled Delilah’s best known for bringing a bit of humanity to Chase & Status’ blowhard stadium dubstep. Producers Science, Ballistiq and LV sneak some of those bassy shadows into this debut but Delilah’s heart belongs to mid-’90s trip-hop, her voice betraying an Ella Fitzgerald crack over the swerving strings and muted beats of ‘Insecure’ and ‘Never Be Another’. Studies in tasteful stasis are her thing, and tracks like ‘Breathe’ and ‘I Can Feel You’ have all the impetus of a doorstop, but nevertheless, Delilah’s tone can be gorgeous.

When she finds quirky middle ground between Lykke Li and Regina Spektor on ‘Only You’, covers Minnie Riperton’s ‘Inside My Love’ with gossamer delicacy or caresses the sweetest melody over Nils Frahm-like keys on ‘Shades Of Grey’, she sounds like an Emeli Sandé that’s actually worth all the trouble.

Matthew Horton


Director: Syience, Balistiq, LV, Delilah, Mikey J, Plan B
Record label: Atlantic
Release date: 30 Jul, 2012