Closer to You – [Ruti]

If you haven’t heard of Ruti, an English based singer & songwriter, allow me to introduce you! Full name Ruti Olajugbagbe, she impressively won the seventh series of The Voice UK, deservedly increasing her following ever since. Ruti is just one of the accomplished artists that is a part of “DSTNCT SPACE,” an independent, London based Music PR company. “Dreams,” the cover single that she performed (in 2018) for her audition, reached #1 on the UK ITunes store, along with a #14 debut placement on the UK singles chart. Now 2020, arriving a year after the release of her (2019) chart topping, phenomenal debut EP ‘Racing Cars’, Ruti returns with an addictive, vibrant record titled “Closer to You.”

The track’s subject matter is reflectively intimate, with a neo-soul twist for perfection. The song is produced by ‘producer to the stars’ and pianist Wayne Wilkins, most notably known for his collaboration(s) with Beyoncé.  A self-described “seasonal individual,” Ruti’s laid-back summer-infused jam exudes confidence, offering a rich soundscape for her leftfield melodies and soothing soprano. Excitingly, the single is the first of a four track EP to be released later this year, enabling Ruti’s name to sit comfortably among fellow talented artists Celeste, Pip Millett, Arlo Parks and Mahalia. Stream “Closer to You” below!

Words by Brandon Washington