Coco Sumner hasn’t even released an official album yet, but already has a single and has collaborated with three notable artists. She’s working on an album, though; it’s something to be waiting for.
Before the single’s release, she was already working on her own original music. “Never Be”, “Control”, “I Blame Coco”, and “No Smile” are a few of the demos that can be found across the web. They have a ska-without-brass/reggae sound to them, but it seems that this sound got old quick for her, or she just thought she couldn’t do enough with the genre.
The single: “Caesar”. Robyn (Sweden’s take on Lady Gaga with less gimmicks) provides vocal support on this vague song that references a few famous authority-related themes (Lord of the Flies, the Milgram Experiment). Miike Snow and Diplo both remixed this song at the time of the single’s release.
Later, Sub Focus became a collaborator, but this time it’s Coco providing the supporting vocals to the song. Together they made the song “Splash”, which has also seen some success and a remix by Rusko. The original instrumental track can be found on Sub Focus’s self-titled debut album, and the version with Coco Sumner’s vocals is on the “Splash” single.
Fyfe Dangerfield also worked with Sumner a bit; they ended up recording a cover of Neil Young’s “Only Love Can Break Your Heart”. This hasn’t seen an official release yet.
On the MySpace account of I Blame Coco at the moment of this post, you can hear a number of the songs I mentioned, including a 2 minute sample of a completely revamped “No Smile”. You will also find “Self Machine”, which sounds like it is going to be the next single. The fact that it has been remixed by La Roux seems to back up this theory.
An album should be out soon. If not in a month or two, sometime this year at most. The improvement you can hear from the demos to the new samples show great promise for this artist, and not just for this upcoming release. The ability to work with such a wide variety of musicians (all of different genres so far) suggests great talent, so it’s up to you to pick a genre you like and give Coco a chance!