This summer ILUKA unveils her more soulful side with her EP Blue My Soul. First finding national attention through triple j with the much loved ‘Paper Doll’, then solidified with the polished ‘12th of July’, ILUKA has come of age with this record moving effortlessly between retro pop and gospel soul. This is epitomised by lead single ‘Blue Jean Baby’, which captures the essence of summer - carefree and upbeat, but filled with longing nostalgia.
Inspired by her freewheeling travels, the music that ILUKA pours herself into creating is not just music for the sake of music. It is art for the soul's purpose. The songs were born in a Buddhist Monastery in South East Asia, took shape through a utopian human experiment in Southern India, and matured on the vast arid expanses of the American desert. ILUKA has looked to distant lands to capture the essence of movement, light and youthful yearning. As the words fall from her howling tongue they paint a time, a place and a landscape so wildly vivid her journey becomes just as much yours as it is experientially her own. “I crave intensity and I crave wonder. In a world where people are almost afraid to feel, I want to make them feel something. Music out of all art forms has the ability to do that… I believe in the honesty of that.”
To celebrate the release ILUKA returns to the road in 2017 with her long-term backing band. Having honed her live performance opening for internationals including Allen Stone (US), Bahamas (Can), and Kitty, Daisy & Lewis (UK), and on major festival stages such as Woodford, it’ll take you directly to the soul place. Carried on a wave of wild fever lyrics, eclectic electrics, gospel choirs and burning vocals, conjuring a world of whirring visions and starry eyes.
“ILUKA automatically recalls both broken hearts and bygone eras.”
“If you haven’t treated your ears to the incredible ILUKA yet, [we] implore you to do so.”
- Purple Sneakers
“[ILUKA's] soaring, yet smoky vocal and unique songwriting finds her positioned well beyond her years.”