Since first hitting the scene back in 2011 when Wiley enlisted her for Chill Out Zone track ‘Walk Away’, North London vocalist and songwriter, Sinéad Harnett, has continued to impress. As well as contributing to a diverse catalogue of collaborations, with the likes of Disclosure, Rudimental, Christian Rich, GoldLink, Ryan Hemsworth and Snakehips, she’s been working on her solo material, and crafting a sound that places her firmly at the forefront of homegrown R&B.
Her latest chapter, a self-titled EP released via Rinse FM, sees her finally realising the sound she’s been hinting at for so long. The four track project sits in a space that allows for chilled out, headphone listening, but has enough bounce to it to make it appropriate for the dancefloor. And while you may have heard of some of it’s stellar production line-up – GRADES, Snakehips, Kaytranada & JD. Reid – it’s Sinéad’s warm soulful vocal, and her bold songwriting that is the star.
On an afternoon cab-ride between video-shoot locations, Sinéad took out twenty minutes to check in with us…
Other than shooting a new video, how have you celebrated the last couple of days since the EP dropped?
I haven’t really celebrated yet, other than slightly to myself. Because there’s been so much going on, when I get home I’ve just been crashing out. Just seeing peoples reaction has been nice. I have like a celebratory smile to myself, when I can.
You haven’t spent ages rolling this one out; you announced it with a video last week and now it’s out. How was that process for you?
It wasn’t really like for any sort of formulated reason, its just because it made more sense to us. I finished the EP and then me and the team talked about what we wanted. We just thought if we dropped the video and let people know it’s part of the project, then put the whole thing out really soon after, it would be the right thing to do. I’m not really in a place where I want to leave people waiting for months. It just made sense for us.
How long did you spend working on this EP?
The actual writing time was quite quick.The song I wrote with GRADES, ‘If You Let Me’, was actually the first I’d ever written with him, I just had such a vibe with him and I was already a fan, so we did that song pretty quick. The Snakehips one, ‘Rather Be With You’, I’d had for a little while, and it fit. All the songs were written probably in about a four week span, quite quick. I took a while to figure out how I wanted to go about things and what I wanted to share.