Sofi de la Torre is a Spanish-born singer/songwriter, currently based in Berlin, who began writing songs when she was 14. After spending four years in Los Angeles, de la Torre relocated to London where she signed a publishing deal with Sony/ATV and wrote and recorded her debut album. However, after the album’s release, de la Torre went through a period of self-discovery and found herself experimenting with her sound and with new songwriting angles – this included incorporating new influences and more electro pop sound.
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 latest track “What People Do” will likely bring the Berlin-based singer/songwriter to the attention of Stateside bloggers. According to the press notes, de la Torre’s sound channels the likes of Drake and Banks with a California vibe – and a raw, emotional introspection. The comparisons to Drake and Banks are arguable but to my ears, I hear the likes of Grimes, Lorde; however, de la Torre’s sultry and breathy vocals give her material a sensual feel that pushes “What People Do” towards the electro R&B of someone like Steven A. Clark, Phoebe Ryan and other contemporaries – interestingly, the track also manages to be deeply personal yet captures something universal.