Leah Dou / A Swim In The Love That You Give Me
Although she made her first foray into music way back in 2011, it wasn’t until five years later that Leah Dou was finally recognised for her talent in her native China. Born to legendary Chinese artists Dou Wei and Faye Wong, the winner of two QQ Music Awards (New Female Artist of the Year and Most Searched Artist of the Year) is the genius behind the avant-pop brilliance of stellar records like Stone Café and Kids
Only. Her latest cut, A Swim In The Love That You Give Me, sees Dou embracing the experimental spirit of her last single, Island Love, all the while plunging deeper into the pool of atmospheric samples — temple bells and static noise here, whooshes and what sounds like a Chinese dizi flute there. In the windswept backdrop, a cassette tape playing faint guitars stops short, intensifying the trip-hop soundscape punctuated by cryptic whispers of “love is all that’s there” and “passive silence diamonds”. Sonically complex and textured, this genre-defying gem deserves to be heard everywhere.