If you’ve been on this site over the past few weeks, you might remember coming across a post on “What People Do” by the Spanish-born, Berlin-based singer/songwriter Sofi de la Torre. de la Torre began writing songs when she had turned 14. And after spending four years in Los Angeles, the young singer/songwriter relocated to London, where she signed a publishing deal with Sony/ATV before writing and recording her debut album. However, after the album’s release, de la Torre went through a natural (and expected) period of self-discovery, and found herself experimenting with her sound – this included writing with new songwriting angles, incorporating new influences and employing the use of electronics.
In some way, this experimentation led to her collaborating with Finnish production/songwriting team Jonas Karlsson and Axel Ehnström, and it resulted in the critically praised single, “Vermilion,” which was featured on The Guardian’s playlist and on Grimes’ blog. The track was then remixed by deep house producers Crom and Thanh and played by Tiesto on his BBC Radio 1 program — adding to an already growing international profile across Europe.
Her latest EP That Isn’t You is slated for an April 13 release and with the EP’s first couple of sings “What People Do” and “That Isn’t You” has brought the Berlin-based artist, Stateside attention for a sound that channels the likes of Drake, Banks, Grimes, Lorde and others as it possesses a similar emotional introspection; however, on both “What People Do” and “That Isn’t You” de la Torre’s sultry, smoky vocals give both tracks a sensual, deeply seductive feel – but unlike any of her previous releases, “That Isn’t You” but with an underlying sad recognition that the song’s narrator has wasted their valuable time on a lover that couldn’t possibly be what she wanted or needed. Certainly, what makes this song interesting is that it’s a old school theme paired with contemporary production – you’ll hear swirling electronics, skittering percussion and boom bap drums, along with a looped whistling sample that make the song feel mournful yet breezy.