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Words and music with Eska

Gilles talks to UK singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Eska about her debut album.

Gilles talks to UK-based singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Eska about her long-awaited debut album.

Having provided guest vocals and songwriting duties for the like of Zero 7, The Cinematic Orchestra and Tony Allen; Eska has returned to the spotlight with original material of her own, in the form of her self-titled debut album. This follows 2013's Gatekeeper EP, which she co-produced with Matthew Herbert and Dave Okumu.

Eska is back in the 6 Music studios, following the session she did for Gilles at the end of 2013, to talk about her new material and the process behind her songwriting.

3 hours

Music Played

  • Olavi Louhivuori


    • Eclipse Music.
  • Revenu


  • The Sun Ra Arkestra

    What Planet Is This

    • Strut.
  • Lurka


  • Herbert


    • Caroline International.
  • Idris Muhammad

    Could Heaven Ever Be Like This?

    • Kudu.
  • Jamie xx

    Loud Places

    • Young Turks.
  • Tuxedo

    The Right Place (Kaytranada Remix)

    • Stones Throw.
  • Danny Barker

    Tootie Ma Is A Big Fine Thing

    • Rhythm & Blues.
  • 79rs Gang


    • Sinking City Records.
  • Golden Rules

    Auntie Pearl's House

    • Lex Records.
  • Alabama Shakes

    Guess Who

    • ATO Records/Rough Trade Records.
  • Hunee

    Amo (Admiration)

    • Rush Hour Music.
  • Camille


  • Gilberto Gil

    Maracatu Atomico

  • Wakay

    Yaklethxa Yakytoasato

    • Musicalplay.
  • Big Brandon Willis


    • Milky Wayv.
  • Leona Berlin

    Cruel (Heal Me)

  • Maths Time Joy

    After Hours (feat. Flores)

    • True Colours.
  • Uphigh Collective

    Dealing (feat. Blatan's Jazzy VIP)

    • Tangram Records.
  • Keni Burke

    Risin' To The Top

    • RCA.
  • Georgia Anne Muldrow

    Sans Vacay

    • Self-Released.
  • Jill Scott

    Fools Gold

    • Blues Babe Records.
  • Tony Allen & Theo Parrish

    Day Like This

    • Wildheart Recordings.
  • Nathan Davis

    Along Came Byrd

    • MPS.
  • Tobias Jesso Jr.

    Without You

    • Matador Records.
  • The Quakers


    • Stones Throw.
  • Guilty Simpson


    • Stones Throw.
  • Osunlade


    • Yoruba Records.
  • Seven Davis Jr.

    Sunday Morning

    • Ninja Tune.
  • Eska Interview

    • Quite Sane

      Child of Troubled Times (feat. Eska)

      • CoolHunter Music.
    • Zero 7

      The Road (Instrumental)

      • Atlantic.
    • Morgan Zarate

      Sticks and Stones

      • Hyperdub.
    • Tony Allen

      What's Your Fashion (feat. Eska)

      • Planet Woo.
    • ESKA

      Shades of Blue

      • Naim Records.
    • ESKA

      Dear Evelyn

      • Naim Records.
    • ESKA

      This Is How A Garden Grows

      • Naim Records.
    • Ella Fitzgerald

      Every Time We Say Goodbye

      • His Master's Voice.
  • Gecko Turner

    Little Sonny

    • Self-Released.
  • Dom Um Romão

    Escravos de Jo

    • Pablo.
  • Pearson Sound

    Six Congas

    • Hessle Audio.
  • Telemachus

    Dead Weight Bliss

    • YNR Productions.
  • Hamad Elrebh

    Shahr Shareen

  • Dewey Redman

    Unknown Tongue

    • Galaxy.
  • Steel an’ Skin

    Reggae Is Here Once Again Parts 1 & 2

    • Honest Jon's.
  • Kiko Nabarro & DJ Fudge

    Babalu Aye (Le Soleil Mix)

    • Yoruba Records.
  • Lindigo

    Moral de Listwar

    • Helico.
  • Compaoré Issouf


    • Soundway.
  • Fem Fel x Kyra

    On and Off

    • Space + Time Records.
  • Woody Herman

    The Sidewinder

    • Columbia.
  • Chakachas

    Jungle Fever

    • Polydor.
  • Rupture

    Isreal Suite

    • Diggers Digest.


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