Shura

Bio

It is March 2014 when ‘Touch’ arrives, as if from nowhere: the first finished track that Shura has written and produced, landing on the internet with a DIY video in which she convinced her cross-section of friends to kiss on camera. Built around a pillow-soft beat, languid bassline and a slowly unfurling melody, its snapshot of that awkward friend-zone period post-break-up results in one of the most enduring blog crossovers in recent years: over thirty million plays, sell-out worldwide shows, and fans in the least probable of places (first, the likes of Dev Hynes, Jungle and Kylie Minogue: later, the guest verse from Talib Kweli, a remix from Four Tet, and a Live Lounge cover from Mumford & Sons). Cut to summer 2014, however, and Shura wakes at 2AM with pains in her chest: an ambulance is called, doctors run emergency tests, and she is convinced that “this is it, I’m dying. And then they turned around and said I was fine. I found it really bizarre - and it made me quite angry - that somebody could tell you that what you were feeling wasn’t actually real at all.” Read More...