Celeste is a star on the rise” – i-D
“Deft, poetic storytelling; commanding vocals; and a generous spirit” – Interview Magazine
“Smooth as velvet yet hiding a heart-pumping chorus” – DIY
“Celeste is undisputedly one to watch out for” – Wonderland
“Celeste has a voice that will break your heart” – Notion
Emerging Brighton soul singer Celeste has released her brand new single ‘Lately’. The brooding, determined track follows last month’s spellbinding ‘Both Sides of the Moon,’ which saw support from the likes of BBC Radio 1’s Annie Mac, Phil Taggart and Huw Stephens and 1Xtra’s Jamz Supernova, not to mention the one and only Elton John who spun the track on his Beats1 show, remarking “Celeste is quite something else … watch out for her.”
‘Lately’ was first debuted in Celeste’s Boiler Room session earlier this year. It’s the culmination of a busy 2018 for the rising artist, who recently completed a month-long artist residency at West London’s Laylow club, hosting workshops, screenings, club nights, writing and recording sessions and a slew of exciting collaborations and performances in the Bella Freud-designed club throughout October, which saw everyone from Spike Lee and Idris Elba to Moses Boyd and Klein pass through along the way. Eagle-eared listeners will also have heard new music from Celeste soundtracking the BBC’s acclaimed Black Hollywood series They’ve Gotta Have Us.
With a honeyed voice that can simultaneously delight and devastate, a melting pot of influences come together in Celeste’s music, from soulful greats Aretha Franklin, Minnie Riperton and Etta James to the cosmic sounds of jazz experimentalists Kamasi Washington, Thelonious Monk, Sun-Ra and Alice Coltrane, via the raw unfettered urgency of Amy Winehouse’s early releases. She recently signed to Polydor Records following last year’s ‘The Milk & The Honey’ EP for Lily Allen’s Bank Holiday label, which was produced by SBTRKT collaborator Tev’n and Rinse FM’s JD. Reid and saw praise from the likes of Annie Mac, Julie Adenuga and publications including FADER, Wonderland, Interview Magazine, The Line of Best Fit and DIY.