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    Benjamin Clementine

    From: London, UK / Paris, France

    Benjamin Clementine’s voice, with all its little cracks and imperfections and uncontainable emotion, hits with a physical force the first time you hear it. Clementine's powerful, soulful music comes with an interesting backstory: Not that long ago, he was living homeless and busking in the metro in Paris, having moved there from his native London, though he eventually got together enough money to move in to a room of his own.

    The story may be moving, and add extra emotional weight to his music, but really, no context is necessary in listening to Clementine's debut Cornerstone EP, one of the year's best debuts.