You might not recognise her name, but those with even the faintest interest in the grime-pop scene will quickly discover that Emeli Sandé has enough notches on her musical bedpost to ruffle Nicki Minaj's latest multi-coloured hairpiece. Having teased us with her vocal chops on tracks with Chipmunk, Wiley, Tinchy and Professor Green, the question is, can she handle the spotlight alone with her first solo offering?
Judging by 'Heaven', it's a crime that she didn't put her solo career into action years ago. "Oh heaven, I wake with good intentions/ But the day it always lasts too long," she preaches over a familiar trip-hop beat with a seasoned vocal that a Robin S or Ultra Nate wouldn't cock a snook at. The result sounds like a lost club classic from the '90s, though by the time the euphoric, string-laden chorus kicks in, you'll be too busy with your fists in the air to notice.