In light of her recent release, ‘Spend Some Time’, Ghanian artist Amaarae has shared with us a beautifully diverse playlist of tracks from throughout her life that have inspired her sound.
With a vocal that is cut like silk, matched against an unapologetic, defiant delivery; Amaarae is the rising star spinning her own unique sound of alternative R&B. Channelling a powerful, progressive sound influenced by iconic names including Billie Holiday, Anthony Kedis and Stevie Nicks; the one-to-watch has a striking aesthetic; a bold, striking style paired against her sugar-sweet top-line.
The enigmatic 24-year-old Ghanian singer, songwriter, sound engineer and DJ recently followed up her powerful debut EP, Passionfruit Summers, with new music in the shape of intricate new cut ‘Spend Some Time’, featuring celebrated Afrobeats artist Wande Coal.
In light of her recent release, Amaarae has shared with us an extremely diverse playlist of tracks from throughout her life that have inspired her sound.
“As a 13 year old in the Limewire age discovering jazz in its authentic form via Hip-Hop samples. Billie Holiday was the first name I came across and though her catalog spans far and wide, I’ve never quite shaken the bellowing sorrow of Body and Soul. At 7 years old sitting in front of my indigo boom box, my Uncle Andrew introduced me to The Red Hot Chilli Peppers’ By The Way album. He played it so many times I couldn’t help but fall in admiration with the cheeky vocal stylings of Anthony Kedis. Fast forward and I am the 15 year old girl on a road trip to Ghana’s central region passionately taking in Sade’s “Soldier of Love” album after an 8 year wait. Unlike any other Sade record, the heavy kick and cracking snare on Sade’s “Skin” is the band’s own ode to boom-bap era hip hop but with the warmth and finesse we have come to know them for. Similar to that of Ms. Adu, Gwen Stefani skates on a sensual pop interpolation of an Isley Brothers Classic and last but not least, the down south thump and drawl of “Still Tippin’” is by far the trillest shit to come out of Houston, Texas since UGK’s debut.”
1. Body & Soul – Billie Holiday
2. By The Way – Red Hot Chilli Peppers
3. Skin – Sade
4. Luxurious – Gwen Stefani
5. Still Tippin’ – Slim Thug, Mike Jones, Paul Wall