West London singer-songwriter Rukhsana Merrise (Rox) has released the eagerly awaited second part of her two-part album ‘Today’ via Communion Records. Listen to the album HERE.
Alongside the two parts, ‘Child’ and ‘Today’, a full version of the album ‘Child O Today’ will also be released on June 7th, which will include a remix of the title single ‘Today’ featuring US singer-songwriter and producer PJ Morton.
Comprised of ‘Today’, ‘Save Me’, ‘Habits’, ‘Sorry’, ‘Hung Up’ and ‘First For Once’, featuring long-time collaborator and close friend Wretch 32, the new album puts Rox’s intricate wordplay – reminiscent of Joan Armatrading and Joni Mitchell – at the forefront of minimalistic yet timeless production.
“The album puts a microscope on the lessons that I’ve learnt and the space I’m currently in”, Rox explains. “It embellishes the notion of being and living in the present”.
‘Child’ and ‘Today’ see Rox explore the evolution of her personality through the years of adolescence into adulthood. The two parts are carefully divided into songs that represent their titles and the different stages in her life, with previously released part one ‘Child’ exploring Rox’s youthful rebellious side. Combined, they present ‘Child o Today’. Rukhsana has been steadily making waves across the UK with a healthy list of collaborators that includes Wretch 32 (Good Morning), Ghetts (Next Of Kin) and Kojey Radical (Die In Vain). She’s backed this up with a string of impressive live performances at Glastonbury, Citadel and Somersault, as well as supporting the likes of Rag’n’Bone Man, James Bay, Oh Wonder and Michael Kiwanuka.
After years of being a songwriter for hire, her own enlightenment came when putting together the ‘September Songs EP’. She’d set herself a target to make one song every week for a month and release it. It was during this time that she found her guitarist whilst watching a gig – and the pair began working together on the EP. A deal with Communion Records quickly followed on the strength of numbers such as the finger-picked ‘So They Say‘, about forging the path you believe in, and ‘See You Again‘, a more urgent track featuring earthy sliding guitar.
Rox will soon take the two-part album on the road, with a string live dates to be announced. For more info, please visit Rukhsana Merrise.
Full Track Listing:
Stay A Little Longer
Point the Gun
First For Once feat. Wretch 32