After teasing fans with singles, west London’s rising singer-songwriter Rukhsana Merrise releases Child, in the first part of her anticipated two-part album Child O Today.
Following a whirlwind year, which included performing alongside legendary MC Ghetts at BBC 1XTRA Live Lounge, Rox gives fans a taste of her talent as a solo artist.
The album explores the struggles of love and self-doubt, something many people go through on a daily basis, the six-track album includes previously released singles, ‘Could’ve Been’ and ‘Sober’.
Boasting an effortlessly soulful and emotional voice, the album showcases Rox’s ability to write sophisticated, meaningful lyrics. Throughout the album she opens herself up, letting her guard down and showing her excellent artistry.
“Her expressive and deliberately emotional melodies are fused with a mix of acoustic guitar, percussion and modern synths.”
‘Sober’ epitomises this. Rox uses alcohol as a lyrical motif for losing control of love. It is a real-life story, which she wrote at a low point in her life. This is what she is about, she clearly doesn’t write music to make an album but instead, she writes and sings to express herself.
Her expressive and deliberately emotional melodies are fused with a mix of acoustic guitar, percussion and modern synths. There is a clear message in the album, but it is hard to box Rox into a genre.
When London in Stereo spoke to Rox earlier this year, she spoke of growing up with an eclectic taste of music, which is summed up by ‘Could’ve Been’. There is an almost country music feeling to the song, which showcases her storytelling ability. In fact, there isn’t a single song on the album where this isn’t the case.
Child is a reflection of Rox in the past but Today, which will be released next year, will hopefully be a more up-tempo album, showing the breadth of her potential.
Overflowing with infectious songwriting and emotive touchpoints, Child is a record that will only enhance Rox’s already glowing reputation as a sure-fire singer-songwriter.
Child is out on 14th December. You can follow Rukhsana here.