Though she’s spiritual pulse behind a new generation of UK R&B, MAHALIA is no rookie. Signed to a record deal barely out of primary school, she scored her first global smash on Colors with ‘Sober’, seen by over 10 million people before she was allowed to vote. Since then, she’s released hit after hit, finally culminating in her debut record Love and Compromise, which dropped this month. Mahalia’s unmistakable Leicester brogue and seductive melodies have graced tracks by Kojey Radical, Little Simz and Rudimental, but she’s at best dancing, singing and dropping brilliant bants on stage. Slide in for the beats, stay for that voice. After a decade of development, it’s Mahalia’s time to shine. [East Coast Only + NZ]