Like a warm blanket in these cold and confusing times, the London-based artist takes comfort in her past: the mundane familiarity of the first boy she loved and Dover, where she grew up.
Accompanied by a video from director Daniel Broadley, ‘Young’ is a meditation on their relationship, as much as a love letter to the quaint coastal town. “It’s my little thank you to him,” he’s says, of her first love. “My little thank you for the things I miss from back then.” She learned to love The Smiths for him, and subsequently left him behind when she moved to London to pursue her dreams of a career in music.
Having grown up on a musical diet of classic indie rock, her Barbadian father’s record collection, her grandad’s jazz and soul, and a healthy obsession with Prince, the positive reactions Rudie would get when singing initially drew her towards a music career. She moved to London aged 16 where she attended The BRIT School. In the capital she’d discover writing and begin working on her own original songs and poetry.
A versatile writer, she’s spent time writing music for herself and others; a stint in America had her flying between LA and New York and had her working with CeeLo Green on records for his HeartBlanche LP.
The disparity between teenage years spent looking out to the sea, wanting to see the world, to gaining perspective from the other side, has inspired her forthcoming debut body of work Worst Ways which is expected to follow in the new year.