Free spirited retro-soul-pop songstress ILUKA’s second EP Blue My Soul is released today, emerging resplendent from the business end of a balmy, dizzying nationwide heatwave. ILUKA’s subsequent national launch tour will commence in just a few short weeks, proving once and for all that high mercury levels will never be enough to slow her ever-accelerating rise to acclaim.
It’s only natural that a notion of emancipation through escape is the very heart of Blue My Soul EP. The songs it houses are borderless, having seeded in a Buddhist Monastery in South East Asia, sprouted in India, and then finally blossomed in the expansive plains of America like rare desert flowers. Each has its own purpose in absolution, conjuring vivid landscapes and beckoning to the bohemian nomad soul that exists within us all. Blue My Soul is almost entirely self-produced and was tracked to tape as a live band at Sydney’s Linear Recording Studios. The result is a release that is simultaneously personal and empathetic in its rawness, joie de vivre and an “it’s the journey, not the destination” philosophy.
ILUKA’s laundry list of achievements seems to grow by the day. Her previous single ‘Blue Jean Baby‘ has seen triple j airplay and been put into rotation on Unearthed, ABC local radio, and Double J, as well as being added to various popular Spotify playlists like New Music Friday (AU & DE), New Music Buzz and This Week Sounds Like. There’s much to be said about ILUKA and her band’s gift for cultivating a carefree, energetic live show too – they’ve opened for respected international artists such as Kitty, Daisy & Lewis (UK), Bahamas (Can), and Allen Stone (US).
With a mammoth eight-stop tour set to kick off just as the fiery Australian sun loses its summer harshness in support of her Blue My Soul EP, there’s little doubt that 2017 looks to be ILUKA’s year.