Multi-million selling British singer-songwriter Tanita Tikaram has shared the video for new single ‘The Way You Move’, the latest track to be lifted from her recently released and acclaimed new album Closer To The People. The single is due for release on April 22 2016 through earmusic and follows Tanita’s sold out London headline at Kings Place as part of an extensive European tour.
Of the new single, Tanita says: “’The Way You Move’ just wants to make you dance and feel happy. There is a lot of sadness in the world at the moment and I wanted to write a song that would make people happy, even for a minute or two, a song that everyone can dance to.”
A distillation of the more Jazz and Rhythm & Blues-facing records that Tikaram has been influenced by on this new album, ‘The Way You Move’ pitches her distinctive, smoky vocal against a skittering saxophone solo, sitting atop a lush string section.
Watch the Natacha Horn directed video for ‘The Way You Move’ below:
Tanita says of ‘Closer To The People’: “This record is inspired by the blues sound that I’ve come to love playing with my band. Bobby Irwin, Martin Minning and Matt Radford create a unique groove that is rooted in British rhythm and blues, and soul. I wanted to couple that with the playfulness of contemporary production.”
The album title was inspired by revered American jazz singer Anita O’Day, the idea taking form after reading her biography ‘High Times and Hard Times’ which tells of the singer who overcame her personal demons to perform jazz for the best part of six decades.
Tanita’s distincitve voice and superlative songwriting saw her rise to worldwide acclaim in 1988 when she released debut album ‘Ancient Heart’, which included hits such as ‘Twist In My Sobriety’ and ‘Good Tradition’. With new album ‘Closer To The People’ Tanita stands apart once again with a maverick record that takes influence from her live band who played with Van Morrison and John Martyn, a lifetime of records, as well as contemporary recording ideas that give the music a dynamic sound of their own.