Hollie Cook – Hollie Cook (Mr. Bongo)

London born singer Hollie Cook had her first taste of the limelight when family friend Ari Up encouraged her to sing backing vocals on the EP Revenge of the Killer Slits. Cook subsequently joined and toured with The Slits. The influence of the alternative reggae style of her former band is evident in Cook’s debut album. Described as ‘tropical pop’, (though ‘tropical lounge’ might be a more apt description), Cook has a light, sweet voice with a subtle English accent that provides an unexpected contrast to the Jamaican flavoured London born singer Hollie Cook had her first taste of the limelight when family friend Ari beats.

Highlights of this consistently excellent album include the dark vibe on Used to Be, the upbeat pop of Body Beat, and a version of Walking In The Sand that has a gentle sadness (in contrast to the dramatics of the Shangri-Las or Aerosmith versions).

Cook is currently collaborating with The Rotten Hill Gang, has worked with Prince Fatty and has had the single Milk and Honey played on Grey’s Anatomy. With summer just around the corner now is the perfect time to find a sunny spot on the deck, kick back with a vodka, lime and soda, and enjoy the sublime singing of an artist we’re no doubt going to hear a lot more from.

Kathryn van Beek www.joyriderpromotions.com

Click here to listen to Walking In The Sand from Hollie Cook