Having released her debut single ‘Choorile’ back in March, Sabiyha instantly captivated us with her richly ethereal and fiery blend of slick R&B, elements of traditional Carnatic music and driving grunge basslines. As she releases her second single today, we caught up with Sabiyha to talk Fka Twigs, Guyanese food and one of her favourite books.

On ‘Love Me Alone’ Sabiyha further introduces us to her incredibly eclectic and captivating sound that draws on her cultural heritage as a British-Guyanese artist. A dusky, melancholic fusion of pared-down R&B and swirling electronica Sabiyha’s crystalline, cascading vocals offer a striking range from sultry, hushed tones to soaring, vibrant vibrato. Over twinkling instrumentation and brooding, resonant beats Sabiyha sings “I will love me and all of me, that’s all I need” over and over with earnest clarity reaching a self-assured serenity towards the end of the track.

With just two tracks so far, Sabiyha is already firmly forging her own distinctive sound that defies categorisation. An artist we’ll certainly be keeping an eye on, we can’t wait to hear where her sound takes us next.

Get to know Sabiyha In Short…

Three words to describe my music…
Emotive, eclectic, self-assured.

Last photo on your phone…
It’s actually a video I sent to my bestie telling her how much my bum hurts after a super intense glute workout…

Favourite instagram account…
Mo Gilligan, because he’s undeniably hilarious and his posts leave me in stitches every time. Big up man like Kavani! If you know, you know.

The best venue I’ve played…
I’ve got a lot of memories attached to The Bedford, Balham. It’s where I started and have always loved the energy there. Small venues like that are where I learned to perform.

Earliest song you remember…
Killing me Softly – The Fugees. My mum would blast it out of the hi-fi system to put me to sleep.

The worst job I’ve ever had…
A certain jeweller that shall not be named. I hated wearing a blazer and having to pretend I know jack about the functionality of a watch.

The thing I most love to cook is…
Guyanese food with my mum. Nowhere near her culinary levels yet, but I love learning from her and watching the master at work. Honestly, you haven’t lived until you’ve tried her roti!

My Favourite word…
Hierarchical

A book I love…
Soucouyant – David Chariandy. The thematic combination of cultural diaspora as a 1st gen immigrant and folklore is something that heavily resonates with me.

Things that cheer me up…
My beautiful friends, horror movies, laughing with my mum, my fave YouTube cooking shows, pole dancing, soca music, updates on my little niece Rhea.

If I could play a gig anywhere it would be…
In The Woods festival. I don’t think the festival is still going but it was honestly such a beautiful, immersive experience that I’ll always remember.

I think you should listen to…
Konradsen – their album ‘Saints and Sebastian Stories’ is a stunning piece of work.

If I could see anyone play live it would be…
FKA Twigs; an absolute trailblazer! So sad I haven’t seen her live yet.

‘Love Me Alone’ is out now.