We’re a bit slow off the mark with this one as Ajay Henry released his latest single Needed You at the end of March. It comes ahead of his EP, which is due to drop at the end of May, and it’s a a smooth RnB groove that will carry you through this nondescript spring and into hazy summer nights.
Needed You is a classic tale of moving on of a love turned cold this is a stripped back tune which allows the vocal to shine; sadness free of bitterness. The melody and gentle harmonies carry the lightness of the liberation of letting go and bring together this track where the music and lyrics mirror the sentiment of the other well.
A regular on the open mic scene around Derby and Nottingham Ajay Henry doesn’t rely on a studio to bring a smoothness, but gives real soul in pared back acoustic performances too with this latest single bringing together the best of both. And probably best of all it is the striking subtlety with which this is all presented – there is no vocal gymnastics, or bombastic beats, just heartbeats and honesty in this introspective work.
Working up toward the release of an EP Needed You is a great introduction to a local talent and welcome drop of soulful RnB.
Needed You by Ajay Henry is out digitally now. EP Forgive Me is set for release at the end of May 2018.
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