Sister Sounds Selection: Ray Blk
We just can’t get enough of Ray Blks vocals. They’re strong but also laced with sweet sentiments and sharp social commentary. The world’s eyes are kind of pinned on South East London at the moment, as grime music resurges and issues of gentrification all come into play. Under those terms, a song like ‘My Hood’ shows what it’s like to embrace where you’re from. With a verse from Stormzy, and a shout out to Morley’s, this is definitely a SE affair – but Ray’s passion as she sings ‘There’s no place like home’, she can transport you anywhere.
As she told The Fader: "It's a bittersweet song about home… South east is one of the roughest places in London but it rears the strongest people, and that's what makes us special. The song wouldn’t be complete if Stormzy wasn’t on it. We're from the same place.”
‘My Hood’ is great, but it’s 2015’s ’50/50’ that’s killer. Minimal beats, vocals straining and some bad-ass lyrics ('if you ain’t trying to wife me / you better get off my line'). It sounds like it's got a dose of 90s R&B too (we’re thinking it’s got a touch of Tweet ‘(Oops) Oh My…’). And if you really wanna dial up those R&B vibes get on ‘Talk to Me’, Ray even notes ‘You got me singing like Alicia Keys’, and references Bey, Kanye and ‘Shorty Swing My Way’ = total homage vibes.
Chill listening, epic vocals. We can't wait for the album.