Underground R&B Singer Ta-Ha Shares Two Blissful And Blistering EPs
French-Algerian singer Ta-Ha already has some pretty major fans. Her kicked-backed, dreamlike R&B has had plays on OVO Sound and Soulection radio shows, and she performed earlier this year at Skepta’s Music and Revolution event at London’s V&A museum. Not to mention, back in March she appeared in The FADER’s Global Issue as one of 25 underground artists around the world that we’re excited about. Today, she’s making good on the hazy promise of her 2014 EP Tuareg Shawty with the premiere of not one, but two new releases: the twin EPs SunrayZ and X-RayZ, both of which you can enjoy right here.
The four-track releases were made as the singer split her time between Tokyo and her home of Paris, and each deals with a different temperament. While SunrayZ feels like crushing it hard, with bubbling synths mimicking the haze of infatuation, X-Rayz is the darker underbelly. Singing in both English and Japanese, Ta-Ha’s voice pierces through the mist more clearly than ever before, while still delicate and tough-talking.
It is mad, angry, scary, unknown, dark, savage, and merciless, but it is human before it all and it learns a lot too.
For what she had to say about what SunrayZ means to her, Ta-ha tells Fader mag, “SunrayZ depicts the rays of the sun that hit you in the morning, giving you life. It is powerful and full of oxytocin. It loves, accepts, forgives, hopes, works hard, shines, grows, elevates, learns.” And as for X-RayZ, “X-RayZ is like the unknown hovering death constantly ready to get you at any time. It is also powerful but contains a lot of fear. It is mad, angry, scary, unknown, dark, savage, and merciless, but it is human before it all and it learns a lot too.” Be sure to listen to both EPs found throughout, and we insist you keep an ear out for more from the burgeoning artist to come.