Updating pop and R&B sounds from the ’80s and ’90s, West London-based singer/songwriter/producer Shura made an impression with the gauzy ballads “Touch” and “Just Once.” The daughter of an English documentary filmmaker and a Russian actress, Shura began making music at age 13, when her father taught her to play some chords on the guitar; inspired by her DJ brother, she began recording her songs on the family’s mini-disc recorder when she was 16. Shura’s first official release, the White Light EP, arrived in July 2015, about a year before her debut album, Nothing’s Real, appeared.
Now, Shura makes a stunning return with new song ‘BKLYNLDN’. Available now on her new home of Secretly Canadian, this is the first taste of Shura’s much-anticipated second album, which she is currently working on in the wake of 2016’s celebrated debut, ‘Nothing’s Real’.
‘BKLYNLDN’ marks the start of a new chapter (musically, geographically, emotionally) for Shura. That timeless look at long-distance romantic longing – if told through the modern lens of apps, texts, and anxiety-inducing silences – it’s a cinematic, exquisitely intimate examination of what presence and absence means in modern relationships; a passionate, tactile record about connection in volatile times; and, despite its cleansed sonic palette, still the unmistakeable sound of Shura.
Praise for debut album, Nothing’s Real
“A properly curated album, and one of the year’s best” Guardian, Albums of the Year
“A drop-dead debut…superb” Sunday Times Culture, Albums of the Year
“Talented, outspoken and uncompromising, Shura is a singular type of pop star” Elle
“Near-flawless” Gay Times *****
“Skewering gender, sexuality and identity assumptions…Shura is full of delicate surprises” Dazed