Zilo shares an honest potrait of young life in the city

Written by Emily Fortune

Zilo is well on her way to becoming a prominent name in London’s genre-shifting, R&B scene

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An honest portrait of young life in the city, Zilo talks about confusion, love and self-care. Having recently been named first of the ‘EP Top 5’ by BBC 1Xtra veteran, Jamz Supernova, Zilo is well on her way to becoming a prominent name in London’s genre-shifting, R&B scene.

Although not only a musician, Zilo, accompanies all of her singles with her own artwork. Hand-painting self-portraits, her music is an embodiment of how she sees herself and those close to her deal with intricate situations, colourfully portrayed within her art.

Having already sold out her first headline show at London’s Servant Jazz Quarters, Zilo is cultivating an audience in the capital and catching the ears of some very important figures from all over the scene, including praise from US-artist, Kehlani.

Her breakout EP really does have a sound for everyone, whether it’s the delicate intro ‘Sometimes’, the ode to self-preservation’ in ‘Don’t Waste My Time’, or the off-beat melodies of ‘Her’, this project is hopefully just the beginning of an interesting journey for the Essex artist.

With a current total of 53,925 listeners on Spotify, co-signs and industry figures seeing the potential from this first EP, it won’t be long before Zilo is taking the R&B scene in her own direction.

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