Talitha Cross, otherwise known as Taliwhoah, might be the most intriguing talent in a deep pool of British women who’re being embraced both home and away for their R&B efforts. She’s been making music for as long as peers Manchester’s IAMDBB and Midland’s Jorja Smith, but while early work showed signs of promise, it’s the recent release of debut EP New Wave Order Vol 1 which has garnered her the well deserved attention and new ears her music demands.
The young singer from Tottenham, North London can cast both a fun, energetic figure and distant interloper at once. She works classic R&B elements into the new wave of British urban music, with a feeling of electronic ennui and downtempo trap sounds permeating her tracks. Catchy beat rhythms in tunes such as ‘Meds’ and ‘Sweetest Escape’ balance out the introspective ballads and slow burning pace of ‘Real One’ featuring Lambo Anlo, and ‘Genesis’ featuring the exceptional Kojey Radical. Taliwhoah’s first body of work is a short but impressive burst of music, and it’s accompanied by some finely tuned visuals, beautifully shot with a set she designed herself. At a time where music videos feel like an after thought, these short films feel well curated specific to each track throughout.
Both Taliwhoah’s mother and aunt were members of successful german disco band Boney M, and that dance influence is prevalent in her sound, as well as her African and Caribbean heritage. It can be heard in the signature drum rhythms and melodies, and seen in the eccentric, daring visuals which place her in the Afro-Soul category alongside contemporaries such as Rochelle Jordan and Angel. Whilst she’s been working on music, she’s also been busy building a creative styling agency; ‘Beam Me Up Tali’. Her love and eye for fashion is just another part of her wider artistry, and as with her music, the brands success can be greatly attributed to her strong attention to detail.
As someone who has been following her for some time, I’m pleased that she has re-emerged onto the music scene, carving her way with her through with strong melodies, striking visuals and a true sense of artistry.
Words: Vikki Adegoke