We suspected it in January, we gained more evidence after seeing her live, and now listening to her EP, it’s an absolute certainty: when we grow up, we want to be one of Moko’s pigtails. There’s more cool and charisma in a single knot of them than there is in most try-hard acts the world over, and the Black EP goes a long way toward recognising Moko as an act to watch in 2014.
We’ve heard most of these songs already, albeit slightly less ‘produced’, but that doesn’t make them any less special or powerful. Opener Freeze is STILL one of the best tracks we’ve heard all year, a bravura tornado of soul vocal and Massive Attack beats, shifting tempo without losing any momentum. Hand on Heart lathers layer upon layer of throwback vibes, while Summon the Strength works a subdued melody over hypnotic drones. And unfortunately, the EP is already over by the time Honey Cocaine hits – the only track we haven’t heard before, but still no less enthralling as Moko lets rip over the chorus.
Whether it’s the look, the unfettered charm, or quite simply the bags of talent, there’s something very special about this girl; the Black EP is quite the calling card for Moko, and perfect capitalisation on the exposure from Chase & Status’s Count On Me. Expect to see a lot more of those Valkyrie-shaming pigtails in the near future, because they’re set to go stratospheric.