Yesterday afternoon I was actually moved to take to Twitter to give this lady and this tune a shout out. Something about this track just clicked with me; from the first time that I hit play I just heard magic.
I’ll get into the actual track in a second but first I want to introduce you to its creator; 18 year old ‘South London girl’ Raye. She may only be 18 and not quite a household name just yet but that doesn’t mean that she lacks for experience. The Croydon native has already worked with the likes of Stormzy, Emeli Sande, Charli XCX, Wretch 32, MNEK and Alex Da Kid. She also co-wrote Blonde’s recent top 5 hit All Cried Out. And if that wasn’t enough last year she released her debut EP Welcome To The Winter via Soundcloud with the standout track Bet U Wish racking up 1.5 million listens.
Now let’s flip it back to the present. Raye’s new EP Back 2 The Winter is imminent and the first track to be taken from the new record dropped yesterday. The single is called Distraction and it has already caught the ear of Mista Jam on 1Xtra. I know it’s easy to knock Radio 1 and 1Xtra (Lord knows I have in the past) but that dude has his finger on the pulse and knows what’s good.
I guess you’d call the track R&B but it’s not quite that simple. It doesn’t carry that old school smoothness or that present day glossy sound it’s got more of a hip-hop style knock on the beat. Raye’s vocals are as smooth as hell but the song feels like it’s got a bit of an edge to it and I really like that. I’m really excited by what Raye could be capable of, I don’t know what it is, but something about this track just got under my skin. I get the feeling that the new EP will be a launching-pad for something special.
Get acquainted now because in a couple of years’ time we’re going to be swapping stories about when we first head Raye’s music and who doesn’t like to say that they were there first?