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Single Review: RAYE – Cigarette
After an incredibly successful last couple of years, RAYE's latest single is only elevating her status further, reviews Redbrick's Sorcha Hornett
RAYE burst onto the scene with hit single ‘Decline’, featuring Mr Eazi, and was placed firmly on the map following a BRIT award nomination for best single with Jax Jones. She has just released her brand new single, ‘Cigarette’, featuring Mabel and Stefflon Don. It wasn’t a collaboration I thought I needed, but with three of the UK’s biggest up and coming female artists, it’s becoming the most exciting collaboration of the year so far.
“It wasn’t a collaboration I thought I needed, but it’s becoming the most exciting collaboration of the year so far
This could easily be argued to be catchier than ‘Decline’, with Mabel’s serene vocals forming the bridge between RAYE’s catchy hook and Stefflon Don’s commanding freestyle verse. It’s an absolute bop that makes you want to dance around the room and will no doubt be used as a bouncy club filler. It screams summer vibes from the opening chords and you’ll have memorised the lyrics within one listen.
RAYE sings of a relationship that she knows is wrong but is as addictive as a cigarette: ‘I’m bad for you love / But I’m your cigarette’. The mixture of different vocal styles might have had you questioning whether they would work, but they blend together perfectly, as RAYE selects the two perfect women to collaborate with. It makes me want even more female collaborations in the future after the success of this one; it wasn’t something I knew I needed but now I’m craving more.
“The mixture of different vocal styles might have had you questioning whether they would work, but they blend together perfectly
I’m hoping the release of new music means a follow up EP after Second, which was released in 2016. RAYE spent most of last year performing at major festivals including Glastonbury, Latitude and V Festival and has now managed to rack up over 4 million monthly streams on Spotify. It’s becoming clear she isn’t going anywhere and has solidified her place among her fellow pioneers on the UK music scene. With a second hit single released in such a short time after the last I’m expecting big things from RAYE this year.