This year really does feel like the year of the female, with artists like Jorja Smith, Raye, Ray BLK, Steflon Don and Mabel (to name a few) each perfecting their own individual version of UK R&B. The latest lady to turn heads is 22-year-old soulful songstress Ajia, who has followed up her debut single ‘Real Love’ with an impressively unique EP called ‘Visions’. Ajia takes you on a journey throughout ‘Visions’, not only lyrically, but with the variation of sounds in each track, all emphasizing her talent and understanding of classic R&B and old school feels.
The album is filled with head bobbing, funky grooves, that offer smooth and slick production (produced by Ryan Price), combining classic 90’s R&B with sprinkles of soul. It is extremely rare to press play on a record and love it right from the first play, but this EP presents sounds that make you want to boogie from the first song right through to the last.
‘Let me live my life’, she sings on opening track ‘Hype’, which is an effortlessly cool summer jam, where you are instantly introduced to her gentle vocals flowing over electronic synths. But the standout song on the EP is the finale track ‘So Good’, incorporating a ridiculously funky guitar groove throughout, with her playful melodies and outright sassiness, where she questions ‘why you got my name in your mouth’. Her sound is undeniably unique and intriguing, mixing together genres ingeniously, and writing lyrics of experience which are effortlessly portrayed through her vocals.
They say that first impressions are important and are almost always right, and from listening to this EP my first impressions are that Ajia is going to be a huge talent to keep an eye on. Having already created a fantastic first EP, there is certainly more to come.
By Mia Woloszczynska