Hotly-tipped for 2014, Ella Eyre this week released her 'Deeper' EP. The nineteen year old has already seen chart success this year featuring on Rudimental's number one Waiting All Night (one of the biggest selling tracks of the year), but before that she also featured on Bastille's mixtape 'Other People's Heartache' (Pt 2) and has since collaborated with Naughty Boy and Tinie Tempah.
She's certainly capable of going solo however, as lead single Deeper proves. Sure, her sound is indebted to the Hackney quartet with its soul-dubstep fusion, establishing Eyre as more of a trend follower than a trendsetter. But it's hard to complain about such a solid release. Deeper is an instant pop hit for today with a strong vocal and catchy "dig a little deeper" chorus hook.
Across the three-track EP, though, the sound is all a bit one dimensional. Downbeat lyrics, horn stabs and dubstep beats are all well and good, but Eyre is yet to really show what she's made of. She might be a strong prospect for next year and a nominee in the BBC's Sound of 2014 list, but it all sounds a bit 2013 to me.
Listen: 'Deeper' is available now.