Delilah “21”

Coming off a strong 2011 that saw UK newcomer Delilah drawing the ears of critics and international audiences with her guest turn on Chase & Status’ UK dance smash “Time” and first singles, the teasingly sparse Chaka Khan-referencing “Go” and thunderous tribal-pop mid-tempo “Love You So”, there’s definitely some major buzz and anticipation surrounding her upcoming debut From The Roots Up.

That album isn’t due until this Summer unfortunately, but, until then, Delilah has thankfully opted to tide fans over with the release of mixtape freebie 2-4am, an enrapturing eight-track set boasting more of the singer’s sublime blend of electronic-influenced (and slightly jazzy-hinted) pop and soul.

Nearly every track here feels like a highlight, but earning Most Recommended honors for us is the mini-collection’s final track “21”, a chilled-out, Amerie-ish ballad featuring a melancholy, lullaby-like melody and Delilah’s aching, enchanting vocal bemoaning a friend’s (relative’s?) difficult transitioning into adulthood.

Hear the hypnotic track below and download the entirety of 2-4am here.

“21”:

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