Best New Music: Mavin’s Newest Act Ayra Starr Releases Self Titled Debut EP

Yesterday, Don Jazzy took to Twitter to unveil Mavin’s newest act Ayra Starr in a tweet talking about working with her and a short clip that gives us a glimpse into her life, sound, and motivation before ending with announcing her debut EP.

The self titled EP Ayra Starr dropped at midnight and is our best new music for today.

Opening with Away, Ayra draws her vocals in that signature Tems way, as she sings about growing and not being the girl that cries over a man anymore. Away sounds like a Tems’ song with a similar story to Mr. Rebel, but she is a lot more than a newer version of Tems. Ija opens with the saxophone beat of Wizkid’s Sweet One, over faster paced drums and piano.

We get Ayra herself without influences on DITR, a song about changing, doing things mama wouldn’t approve of, but still remaining mama’s baby.

Sare is more up tempo and sure to be the bop on the project, using pop electric guitar sounds, with acoustic drums and a catchy chorus with background vocals. Towards the end she interlopers the Lijadu sisters’ Orere-Elejigbo (from their 1979 EP Horizon Unlimited) adding more melody and a nostalgic feel to the song.

Memories closes the EP and tunes things down a little with a mild afropop sound.

With production by Don Jazzy (Sare), LoudDaaa, and DayoGrey, it’s interesting how on her debut ep Ayra shows potential and growth, from sounding like Tems’ to pulling off a Wizkid’s beat, and interloping the Lijadu sisters, showing she can do all these, merge influences and still create her own unique sounds in a cohesive EP of five songs.

Listen to the project here.

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