It all began in the kitchen at the Coach House, Portishead’s recording studio in Bristol. You can hear cups of tea being poured on some of the original tracks. An album was grafted, little by little, unexpectedly. Slevin scribbled song lyrics on the back of Spanish and French essays and watched the Wild Bunch become Massive Attack, and Portishead and Tricky fight over the bassline of “Glorybox” and “Hell is round the corner”. She was a student at Seville university when the record companies came hunting, hungry for their piece of Bristol Sound. Bloom was released in 1998 to wide critical acclaim and now, almost twenty years on, is still considered a “Trip-hop masterpiece”.
Its first single, Purple was included on many compilations, such as She: a Female Trip-hop Experience, Heavenly Grooves and Ibiza Chill (Ministry of Sound), among others. “Purple” was a big hit in France and has been used on TV adverts and MTV productions. It was remixed by A Tribe Called Quest (Ummah remix) and by French Band, Air (Femme d’Argent remix).
Since Bloom times, Slevin has worked with Up, Bustle & Out and Los Ladrones, and with producers in Italy and musicians in Brazil. At the moment she has a slow-growing project called DISTANCES with French artist Vincent Robischung. My Flight, the first song, is part of Décamper, a cd-book initiative where artists, writers and musicians give voice to refugees, from Lampedusa to Calais, and beyond (Editions la Dévouverte, 24/11/2016).