Earlier this year, emerging artist Ella Mai had many R&B fans singing her praises following the release of her TIME EP. Today, the London born songstress has released her follow-up project, CHANGE.
Executive produced by West Coast hip-hop phenom, DJ Mustard, the project is a heartfelt throwback to ’90s R&B. “I’m a big fan of music from that era,” admits the half Jamaican-half Irish beauty, now officially signed to Mustard’s 10 Summers label.
A thematic continuation of TIME, which chronicles the slow demise of a love relationship, Ella Mai says the new project is all about “newfound love, new emotions and new experiences.” She offers, “It’s about finding someone new and knowing how to appreciate what he’s giving you in comparison to what you were dealing with.”
The stellar five-song collection kicks off with “Down,” where Ella elegantly flips the script on the 1994 Brandy classic “I Wanna Be Down.” The following “Lay Up” proposes an island getaway with her new man, while “Who Knew” has the 22-year-old pondering, “how did we fall so deep so fast.” The single, “10,000 Hours,” she says, is about putting in the time it takes to master love. “In the book Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell says you need to do something for 10,000 hours in order to have it down pat,” Ella Mai reasons. “My song applies that same theory to love.”
Stream Ella Mai’s CHANGE EP below.