ESSEX singer/songwriter Lydia Kitto’s debut single ‘Run to You’ appeared online at the end of May, receiving over 5,000 views in its first five days.
The single launched exclusively on SoundCloud as the soulful Southend-on-Sea Hip-Hop vocalist’s first official release.
‘Run to You’ echoes the influence of Submotion Orchestra, Moon Child and FKJ.
The production from Peter Anderson, 21, of Billericay and Rees Broomfield, 28, of Southend-on-Sea allows Lydia’s atmospheric vocals to slip in and out of prominence, surrounded by syncopated yet slow tempo beats and smoky jazz trumpet.
The glistening falsetto backing, soaring through synthesis charms you into a dream state that her lyrics juxtapose so well.
Lydia has spent the past two years performing in venues across Essex and London as well as writing.
The release of ‘Run to You’ is a clear indicator of the direction she aims to go in and what can be expected from Lydia in the future.
At only 22, Lydia is unafraid of being honest in her lyrics.
Reminiscent of Amy Winehouse or Lily Allen, ‘Run to You’ ponders the struggles of love and the way people change as they grow older.
Switching from fluttering tones to rap style verse, Lydia Kitto tones down into a whisper, as if she is speaking to you and only you, pleading for honesty.
She says, ‘tell me am I wasting my time, in this state of mind?’
Continuing on from the chorus: ‘Here comes the struggle now you are not around, our love was distant enough to wipe the tears’.
Since the release, Lydia Kitto has been performing through Essex and even made an appearance at The Great Escape Festival in Brighton.
She has also just been announced to be performing at Village Green Festival 2016 in Chalkwell Park, Southend on 9 July.
She will be appearing alongside some top acts in Essex such as Longy, Youth Club, Arcaves and Linnen.
Included in the line-up is ‘Handyman Blues’ singer and political activist from Barking, Billy Bragg, who has performed at Wembley Stadium, is curator of the left field stage at Glastonbury and even received a mention in Bob Dylan’s memoir.
All these mentions prove is that Lydia Kitto is in the company of some of the top artists coming out of Essex at the moment.
Although it is early days and wheels are only just rolling into motion, ‘Run to You’ gives you a small taste of what to expect from Southend’s newest talent.
BY Sam Drury