It was around 2004, after the release of two albums with her band First Floor Power, that Jenny Wilson decided to go solo. Having collaborated with Swedish countryfolk Robyn and The Knife, it was on the latter’s Rabid Records label that Wilson released her debut LP Love and Youth in 2005. A masterclass in inventive, innovative songwriting – while showcasing her distinctive vocals and syncopation –  it marked Wilson out as unique artist, channeling a diverse range of influences from Kate Bush through to Missy Elliot. Wilson won Sweden’s coveted P3 Guld Prize Award with her debut, and started her own label to release the follow-up, Hardships!. The almost entirely independent result (and much of following releases Blazing and 2013’s Demand the Impossible!) were written, recorded and produced by Wilson herself, with occasional guest appearances from the likes of Simone Rubi and El Parro Del Mar. A rare chance to see a singular talent.

Tue 18 Feb, Soup Kitchen, 31-33 Spear Street, M1 1LE. Tel: 0161 236 5100, 7.30pm, £7,


Tue 18 Feb
Matthew Britton
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Fri 14 Feb 2014