Jessie Ware “Tough Love”

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Last spring, Jessie Ware was feeling exhausted. “It had been really relentless for a year – like, full-on,” says the British singer, who capped off a lengthy tour in April 2013 by playing Coachella the same week her debut album, Devotion, was released in the U.S.

But instead of taking a well-earned break, she dove into her next music project, meeting up with her friends Benny Blanco and Two Inch Punch for two weeks of informal songwriting at Blanco’s Manhattan apartment last May. “I went to New York just to work with them, have fun, and not really think about it,” Ware says. As tired as she was, she got into the spirit right away. “I don’t really like studios – they intimidate me,” she says. “But this was very relaxed. We felt really free to do what we wanted. There was no pressure.