Summer Playlist: Hollie Cook

Summer is here people! And what better way could there be to enjoy the sunshine than with the laidback reggae sound of Hollie Cook’s second album?

Twice is the follow up to her self-titled 2011 album, which introduced Hollie as a one of the most exciting new female talents on the London music scene.

If you haven’t heard of her yet, she’s the daughter of Sex Pistols’ drummer Paul Cook and Culture Club backing singer Jeni Cook. Add into that mix her godfather – Boy George – and her childhood babysitter – David Bowie – and there’s little wonder that music runs deep in Hollie’s veins. Yet, hers is a truly original sound – a refreshing mix of tropical pop and dub, which combines to produce truly modern reggae… the perfect soundtrack for a British summer.

Twice was produced by the legendary Prince Fatty and kicks off with the tune Ari Up, a tribute to The Slits’ front woman Ari who died in 2010. Hollie provided backing vocals for the band when they re-formed in 2005 and has credited Ari as a mentor in her musical career.

The first single released from the album is Looking For Real Love; a soulful, but up-lifting reaction to losing a lover and learning to love yourself. It’s undoubtedly the ultimate Girl Power tune, and on repeat in my house:

So don your favourite tropical print, pour yourself a rum and sit back and enjoy the sunshine with Hollie’s dulcet tones…

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