Tertia May shares sultry and soulful new EP, TM Radio

November 18, 2021

Photo by Matt Miller

South London neo-soul singer Tertia May today shares her TM RADIO EP via Twisted Hearts Records. May’s full-bodied, smoky vocals at the forefront of honeyed trumpet lines, sensually rolling piano runs, and reverb-laden guitars echo throughout the EP. Listen HERE including smooth new focus track “Mama.

TM Radio (an acronym for Tertia May Radio & nod to her eclectic taste)sees May once again team up with heady producer & cowriter, Subculture. Together, the pair steer May’s combination of jazz, hip hop and blues influences into intimate, spacious soul-jazz; Yazmin Lacey, Joy Crookes, and Cleo Sol come to mind for comparison. Combined with the impassioned grit of the first single off the EP, “The Fire,” the shades of pop on “Love On My Own”, and the consistently buttery, soothingly familiar-enough while offering surprises throughout brings her expanding creative horizons into sharper view. 

Of the TM Radio EP and her collaboration with Subculture, May shares: “Subculture and I share a vision of the sound we want to create, and a mutual love for hip hop, soul, jazz and blues,” says May. “I think we’re a perfect match. Over time, we’ve merged his love for hip hop and production style with my sultrier and more soulful tone. I think we’re a perfect match.” She continues, “I love that old-school trumpet and soulful guitar too, and the swing of the drums, I want it to sound live, not produced or programmed… so the band can interpret the songs in a jazzy way.”

As the daughter of The Spice Girls’ tour manager, May grew up listening to everything from The Sex Pistols to David Bowie to Joss Stone, and you can hear those influences in the voice she’s honed for herself. The TM Radio EP comes on the heels of her 2018 debut, Kind of Purple, and its 2019 follow-up, Not from concentrate, the success of which helped to establish Tertia May as one of the London jazz and neo soul scenes’ most promising rising stars. After multiple appearances at Boiler Room, a COLORS performance with +2 million views, sold-out headline shows at Omeara and Camden’s legendary Jazz Café, recent praise and support from the likes of DJ Mag, Ones To Watch, Atwood, Notion, The Line of Best Fit, Complex, Clash, Jamz Supernova, and more, May stands poised to introduce a new phase of her life and creative evolution on TM Radio, tackling spiritual journeying and adulthood in all of its see-sawing ups and downs. 

TM Radio by Tertia May is out now, buy/stream it here.

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