Made up of two best friends from Birmingham with the same first name, Ekkah was formed out of the remnants of angst-rockers The Arcadian Kicks. Having dusted off the grunge of their former band, Rebecca Wilson and Rebekah Pennington were left with with a fresh, funk-inspired approach to songwriting, also helped by their very close friendship.

Meeting at the age of 15 in a maths lesson, they quickly started a music collaboration together, singing in school competitions and writing together. A decade later, after the split of their former band, they decided to renew their collaboration and so Ekkah was born in 2013.

Their music is filled with smooth grooves and rich melodies borrowed from retro R'n'B acts such as Soul II Soul. However, their lightly husky, ever-so-rasping vocals will satisfy fans of Jessie Ware and, as shown in their cover of her much-sampled hit Forget-Me-Nots, Patrice Rushen. The walking basslines in breakup track Figure It Out sit somewhere between Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours and Dr Dre’s 1992 album The Chronic.

This duo are a ones to watch and certainly a pair that I wold really like to go and see live.