UK soul duo Melonyx delivers the title track “Black Elixir” of their new EP produced by legendary producer and fellow Nottingham-based artist Joe Buhdha. The project draws influences from the worlds of Hip Hop, Neo Soul, and Lovers Rock. The track embodies the healing powers of the black woman through her love and affection.
Backed by the smooth and lush textures ripe with sparkling keys, warm pulsating basslines, and a mellow drum groove that merges perfectly with the sultry vocal runs. The title is the duo’s version of the term, black girl magic and espouses the beauty of black women. The ladies further add a short quote to buttress their point “We live in a society which perpetuates an idea that we are less than, when in fact we are the fountain from which everyone else drinks.” The track is followed by the previous singles “Melanin Queens” and “Energy”. The message of self-worth radiates throughout the EP. On “You Make Me Feel Brand New” – a Lovers rock-inspired reworking of The Stylistics’ iconic 1970s romantic groove – MELONYX flip the message of the original, instead of turning the track to the theme of female liberation (“you do not need the appreciation of others to flourish”). Turning to self-care on “Ujjayi”, the importance of valuing life is expressed with joyous words and an irresistibly freeing bassline.
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