Exposure is our scrapbook of our favourite new bands. Today's exposure features Joe Goddard collaborator (2011s ‘Gabriel’) and ethereal chantreuse, Valentina.

  • Name: Valentina
  • Location: London, UK
  • Genre: Folktronica
  • For Fans of: Zola Jesus, Kwes., Hot Chip
  • Website: Soundcloud

Valentina has had her hooks in the music industry for some time now, guesting with Kindness, Two Door Cinema Club and Hot Chip’s Joe Goddard. Her first EP, Weights, was a dulcimer-laced wallop of Toni Braxton voices and skeletal acoustica: it was folky on some levels, but her luxurious pipes were the focus. Her new cut with producer chum Kwes. is ‘Wolves’, something infinitely more grandiose. Sweeping electro-pop keys butt heads with quasi-R&B vox and the phantom ambience of disconnected emotion. As the track ascends to its zenith, the entire thing just detonates, emerging as a crystalline pop effort with clicky drum machines and maudlin strings.