"It’s deeply, deeply in the blood,” Mysie says of the music she makes. Raised in South East London but with roots that stretch back generations to Uganda, Mysie can retroactively plot the path to where she is now: making intimate indie soul that takes her listeners along with her on the journey through raw and sensitive emotional spaces. In it, you’ll find a character, one unafraid to be both headstrong and sensitive; carefree and vulnerable. In 2020, using “Rocking Chair” as an example of her talent, the Ivor Novello Awards chose Mysie as their first Rising Star Award recipient – which is where her relationship with Fraser T Smith began as part of the award’s mentoring scheme for nominees.
Fraser signed Mysie to his label, 70Hz, and together they set out to make the music you hear now: considered, intimate indie soul. The subsequent sessions produced the project Mysie feels captures the spirit and soul of what she’s long desired to make: Undertones.
“It's about my relationship with love itself and wearing my heart on my sleeve” she says of the EP which is out now.
Mysie draws on strong influences from throughout her life; from Soul legends such as Alicia Keys, Chaka Khan and Sadé, through to a more alternative scene of J Dilla, Thundercat and Flying Lotus, into contemporary peers like Sampha and Moses Sumney.
Mysie’s attitude is to embrace love, live within it, and make art from it, no matter what the cost.