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Iyamah releases ‘Won’t Work’, the first single from forthcoming EP

Iyamah releases ‘Won’t Work’, the first single from forthcoming EP
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Iyamah releases ‘Won’t Work’, the first single from forthcoming EP


Iyamah releases 'Won't Work', the first single from forthcoming EP

 

Iyamah releases ‘Won’t Work’, the first single from forthcoming EP

 

The track is the first to be shared from forthcoming EP ‘Truth EP. 2’

Stream ‘Won’t Work’ Here

 

“A bold vision from a voice coming into boom… there’s an inherently UK-centric viewpoint that makes Iyamah so gripping” – CLASH

“Rich, expressive, and grounding, Iyamah’s voice makes you feel every word with urgency” – Wonderland

UK soul artist Iyamah returns with new single ‘Won’t Work’, out now.

Underpinned by sparse, jazz-influenced production that allows Iyamah’s soaring vocals to take centre stage, ‘Won’t Work’ is an ode to independence and standing on your own two feet.

“At the time, I had no idea what I was thinking when I wrote it,” Iyamah recalls. “It was the quickest song that I ever wrote. I knew I was frustrated, but I didn’t think too much about it. But every time I listened back to the demo, it became very clear to me what this song was about. And every time I sang the song, it gave me this feeling of power that I didn’t realise I needed at the time. A reminder to myself that I have boundaries, and as a woman, there’s great power in being able to say ‘no’, when something doesn’t sit right with you.

It follows November single ‘Cake’, and last March’s debut EP ‘Truth EP. 1’, which garnered support from BBC Radio 1 Xtra’s Jamz SupernovaBBC Radio 1’s Phil Taggart and the legendary Sir Elton John. The release was followed by an EP launch at The Curtain which sold out within 24 hours. She has since performed at the Jazz CafeThe Lexington (twice) and Cross The Tracks festival in London, with further appearances in Paris and Dublin.

Growing up on the sounds of African drumming and reggae music, Iyamah developed a strong love for neo-soul and hip-hop. She cites the likes of Amy WinehouseLauryn Hill and Erykah Badu as her influences from an early age, and in her adolescence she started to write toplines for drum and bass features whilst immersing herself in Brighton’s club scene. However it took a move to London for her to find her true sound – one that links more closely to her original roots, and saw her support the likes of Mahalia and Masego.

Her first release of the new decade, ‘Won’t Work’ sees Iyamah continue with her soulful ascent through the ranks.

 


Post by: Sammi Swinton


 

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