Watch: Anne-Marie: “Karate”

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In less than a month, summer will begin. This means that bars will be filled to maximum capacity; families will take cross country vacations to the beach and the same music about dancing in club will pollute both the airwaves and eardrums.

Enter Anne-Marie, the 22-year-old London singer-songwriter — who also happens to be the touring vocalist for drum and bass quartet Rudimental. Her debut single as a solo artist “Karate” premiered just shy of three weeks ago and has amassed over 50,000 Soundcloud streams.

Classically trained in musical theatre through London’s West End, her voice exudes a cool confidence that floats over the track’s sparse rhythmic lines without ever overpowering the contrast established between the two. The track’s title is even more fitting as she is a three time World Champion of Shotokan Karate, so it makes sense that she would choose to integrate this into the video.

Her debut EP “Karate” will be released on July 10 via Major Toms and includes production work by Chloe Martini, Two Inch Punch, Brad Ellis, Josh Record and Pablo Nouvelle. The tracklist is below:

1. Karate
2. Gemini
3. Stole
4. Stole (Chloe Martini Refix)

If the rest of the EP sounds similar to the slinky fusion of electrogrime and R&B, the charts could have a new competitor to watch out for. Anne-Marie is surely one to break the monotony of summer releases.


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