Free Music Download: Ella Mai - "Time EP"
Wed, 10 May 2017 10:51:53
Ella Mai just dropped a new EP, it's called READY, and it's her third DJ Mustard-produced EP released in the space of year. The London-born singer is also on tour in the USA, opening for Kehlani's Sweet Sexy Savage, with some pretty extensive dates that are covering pretty much every state in this great nation. To celebrate the tour and the new EP we've decided to look back at Mai's Time EP, her first work with DJ Mustard, which is still available as a free download — grab the link below.
Born in London, Mai moved to New York at the age of twelve, where she lived for five years before returning home. Her transatlantic formative years can be heard in the tunes gathered here. The reach of the artist's vision can be heard in the west coast flavored aspects too, with a lighter, sunnier approach to beat-craft than the east coast and London urban sounds would usually permit.
Mai's strength is clearly in her vocal ability, she doesn't scale the high-end octave reaches as some young singers attempt in order to be showy. Instead she simply brings a more soulful approach which lends a real gravity of presence to the sequence. The level of confidence carried in the vocal work is mirrored in the lyrical reach. On "She Don't" (which features Ty Dolla $ign) Mai sings from the perspective of a jilted lover; "Bet she doesn't touch like me / Sure as hell don't f*** like me". This is not a slighted woman, relegated to licking her wounds and whistling in the dark. This is a strong woman who values her own abilities and is sure of her status in process.
Useless boyfriends, breakups and overall empowerment are the subjects of the EP — and Mai plays assuredly with a genre that has been male dominated to its detriment. Going toe-to-toe with a rap-line she twists a modern classic when she sings that she has "ninety-nine problems but a n**** 'ain't one."
TIME EP was a poignant mix when it dropped back in 2016, and it remains a clear standard of quality in the growing output of the singer and her collaborating producer — this is mellow stuff, smooth as fluid gold and it's great to listen back on in comparison to the new tunes.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff