Walked into a record store in Sofia and discovered this amazing new-soul album by Ruth Koleva. It’s great!" MARK RONSON
Ahead of the release of her new album, 'Ruth', on 24th February, emerging Bulgarian soul songstress Ruth Koleva is offering stunning album opener 'What Am I Supposed To' as a free download.
Having already taken her native country by storm, 2014 is the year that this young artist becomes renowned on an international scale. Born into a volatile world of corruption and hardship in post-Communist Eastern Europe, Ruth found salvation in the classics (Marvin Gaye, Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole) and quickly developed into a rounded musician and became an ambassador for the best of Bulgaria – winning GRAZIA's Woman of the Year.
Koleva's ability to straddle multiple genres and tempos has made her into a highly versatile artist, which has seen her draw comparisons her contemporary, Jessie Ware. As a vocalist, her tone is imbued with warmth, particularly when speaking on matters of love and sensuality. Inspired by such era-defining artists as Erykah Badu and Jill Scott, Ruth manages to both tip her hat to the classics which have informed her sound, while still saying something new and pushing boundaries.
The album is preceded by the release of lead single 'Turn This Around' on 3rd February. With its smooth jazz rhythm, rolling synth melodies and a truly mesmerising vocal performance from the Bulgarian singer, 'Turn This Around' makes the perfect showcase for Ruth's confident songwriting talent and her ability to break hearts, as the track builds to a poignant final breakdown.