Emerging young Croydon star Raye today premieres the second track from her upcoming EP, ‘Ambition’, featuring the UK’s hottest MC Stormzy.
As Raye explains, the collaboration with Stormzy happened when the pair met in Sweden recently. “I was at his show in Stockholm. I went back-stage and he said to me, ‘somebody I really trust told me that you are an alien and you’re the future.” “I was like, wow, I’ve got this track, will you guest on it? He went away and a few hours later he’d nailed it.”
Listen to ‘Ambition’ above!
Raye recently released the first track ‘Distraction’ from her upcoming EP ‘Back 2 The Winter’ to huge critical acclaim:
“Distraction showcases an alternative side to Raye’s extraordinary song writing. Fantastic, darkly personal undertones.” – The Line Of Best Fit
“The drop dead Rihanna song that got away” – Sunday Times Culture
“Distraction will take her one step closer to world domination.”- The Beat
“A woman who I think is super, super talented. I think she’s really special and a great songwriter.” – Clara Amfo, Radio 1
‘Distraction’ fuses contemporary R&B sounds with a hint of Hip Hop to create a unique and alluring sound. Raye’s soulful vocals are captivating throughout.’ – MTV Wrap Up
Raye’s upcoming hip hop flavoured, street EP gives a full flavour of her musical influences. She may only be 18 years old, but as a songwriter and collaborator Raye has already been making huge waves, working with the likes of Labrinth, Stormzy, Emeli Sande, Charli XCX, Illangelo, Wretch 32, Jimmy Napes, Two Inch Punch, MNEK and Alex Da Kid. This alongside co-writing Blonde’s recent Top 5 smash ‘All Cried Out’.
A South London girl with big international prospects, Raye wants to “take over the world if I can. I’m young and I’ve been given a crazy opportunity and so I don’t see why not, if I work hard enough. I just want to give everything to my music, so it can stand next to the people I love, the music that inspires me every day.” Raye uploaded her first EP, Welcome to the Winter, to Soundcloud last year, a brooding mix of deep electronica and Jazz Café attitude, all tightly bound to her clear eye for a gleaming pop hook, with the mid-paced kiss-off ‘Bet U Wish’ gaining 1.5million listens.
Raye has youth, talent, a cavalcade of amazing influences, peer group support and a dextrous songwriting talent on her side.