“Her return could not have come at a better time. In a world full of musical fads and gimmicks, it’s refreshingly pleasant to hear…such depth and substance.” – MTV“
Speech Debelle burst onto the scene in 2009, scooping the Mercury Music Prize for British Album Of The Year with her raw and vulnerable debut, Speech Therapy, before garnering further critical acclaim with her Kwes-produced Freedom Of Speech LP in 2012, which MOJO declared to be, “one of the sturdiest, most rounded hip hop albums to emerge from these shores.” Her wider passions came to the forefront in the years that followed; with Speech curating a moving exhibition of art by prisoners for the Koestler Trust’s The Strength and Vulnerability Bunker at London’s iconic Southbank Centre in 2013, running a Caribbean food truck, and tantalising the nation with her inventive recipes as a semi-finalist on Celebrity Masterchef.
Marking her return from hiatus in 2016, breathe. is a nourishing reminder of Speech Debelle’s signature thoughtful lyricism, poignant social commentary and vulnerably honest storytelling that provokes, uplifts and empowers.