I was sure that Kyla La Grange was Swedish. The vocals sound like they were made by one of those ubiquitous female Swedish singers who have come to dominate many critics’ hearts come end of year list time. But no, as it turns out, Kyla was born and raised in England (Watford, to be precise) and lives in London. You can learn a lot more about her, though it is not all exactly essential information, at Mahogany Minute.

And why should you be listening to Kyla? Well, apart from the Swedish sound, the single ‘Walk Through Walls’ strides along like Lykke Li in booming voice mode. It never strays into Florence self-aggrandizing mode, and could well prove to be gigantic live. You can listen to it below.

Kyla La Grange’s first single, a split 7″ is out in March on Pure Groove. You can pre-order it here.

This is the b-side to ‘Walk Through Walls’. It is called ‘Courage’ and is more dreamy than the above track. It always threatens to break out from the reigns and keeps you guessing until the end. The inquiry into why Kyla was excluded from the BBC Sound of 2011 poll should begin immediately.

Kyla La Grange – ‘Courage’