Introducing London’s Tertia May; Listen to piercing, neo soul cut “The Fire”

September 16 2021
Photo by Mark Hilton

South London neo soul singer, Tertia May, today shares her latest single “The Fire” and announces her forthcoming EP, TM Radio, due November 12th via Twisted Hearts Records. Listen HERE

With “The Fire” May continues her creative relationship with heady, lo-fi producer & co-writer Subculture, bringing the pair’s signature soul, jazz, & hip hop-influenced sound into sharper relief. Whereas previous tracks have reached for more tender and stately jazz tones, here we see May immersing herself in a grittier, more textured sound recalling classics like Erykah Badu and Jill Scott as well as contemporaries such as Joy Crookes, Cleo Sol and Ama Lou.

May’s unmistakably sultry vocals return on “The Fire” with an attitude to match. Of the single, May shares: “Before I had even written any words to this song, we started playing around with the beat, which automatically came with this firey, attitude, hip hop, kinda feel. In the session, Subculture and I were discussing the future of my career and what I want it to look like. We touched on how it can be difficult to stay focused on your craft when we live in a society that just lives for the weekend and how even the closest ones to you can become bitter and jealous of the lifestyle that you live. I guess this song is my alter ego giving sass to the ‘haters’. I like to think that my drive to be successful in my career is the forefront of everything I do, so this song is a take on that; ‘who is coming for flame?’ is my bite back”.

With multiple appearances at Boiler Room, a COLORS performance with now almost 2Million views, sold-out headline shows at Omeara and Camden’s legendary Jazz Café, praise and support from the likes of Jamz Supernova, Rinse FM, the BBC’s Huw Stephens, The Line of Best Fit, Complex, Clash, Cool Hunting, and more; May is poised to introduce a new phase of her life and creative evolution on the forthcoming TM Radio, tackling spiritual journeying and adulthood in all of its see-sawing ups and downs.

The Fire” by Tertia May is out now, buy/stream it here.

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