You know that feeling you get when you hear a track and it forces you to stop and pay attention…Well let me introduce you to a lady called Ray BLK, whose music did exactly that to me.

Her debut project, Havisham, is a powerful compilation of immersive soulful RnB songs that speak both delicately and scathingly on the human condition. 

For any that have read Dickens’ ‘Great Expectations’, Ms Havisham is a deeply interesting, introverted and archaic character whose past glories and tragedies have become heavy burdens on her.

However, through the tutelage of Ms Havisham, her adopted daughter Estella is a more resolute and astute woman who has learnt many of the trials and tribulations of life without having to experience them. Whatever you want to read into these classical connotations, one thing it tells us is that Ray BLK is an intricate character and that’s immediately evident in her art.

The EP opens with Drowning, a wistful yet hopeful track that sets the scene for our submersion into the soulful flows of Havisham. Next up is Lie To Me which gives us a full taste of Ray BLK's super smooth melodies. The emotion in her voice adds to the poignance of the lyrics; she speaks on the pain of a broken heart whilst wanting to remain faithful to the one we love.

Duality is a key theme throughout the EP and the listener has to make up their mind whether Ray BLK is speaking as a character or relating her personal experience. Either way the message of the song has a relevance to all that will ensure more and more fans gravitate towards her music.

Ride and Die takes us into more hip hop territory and Ray shows us a rap inclined flow whilst keeping the RnB vibe to the track. Paying homage to Aaliyah, Ray Blk expresses a perspective on the perfect relationship. Does it exist or is it a fallacy we all buy into out of helplessly loving those who have our heart? And continuing the hip hop vibe is Memories, the EP’s lead single produced by Selvsse. The story Ray BLK tells throughout Memories is inspired, with a clever use of metaphors that exemplifies her inspired songwriting and ability to build a heartfelt narrative. 

Not Your Girl lightens the tone of the EP and shows us a light-hearted and independent side to Ray BLK’s character. Perhaps she’s speaking through the voice of Estella to show men her feminist sentiments, in so doing holding up a mirror to patriarchal society to shows us our own insecurities. The overtly feminist sentiment continues into Trouble. The track’s trappy vibe and direct lyrics reflect the often blunt manner in which men approach and objectify women.

Ray BLK shows listeners that women can be as much, or more, in control of their emotions than men. And closing the EP is Run. Combining the soulful, RnB and trap elements present throughout the project, the song has an atmospheric ambience that Ray Blk punctuates with her striking mix of flows. She flies through her higher register and smoothly into that captivating rap cadence to give the track an ear catching dynamism. It’s at the close of the EP that we encounter a snippet of the classic Ms Havisham’s character as she speaks to whom, we don’t know (is it Pip or Estella?), but this touch is a masterful reminder from Ray Blk of the depth of thought and perspective that she’s injected into her music. So I leave it up to you to decide who’s saying what but fundamentally it all sounds dope! Stay locked in for more. 

Duality is a key theme throughout the EP and the listener has to make up their mind whether Ray BLK is speaking as a character or relating her personal experience. Either way the message of the song has a relevance to all that will ensure more and more fans gravitate towards her music.

Ride and Die takes us into more hip hop territory and Ray shows us a rap inclined flow whilst keeping the RnB vibe to the track. Paying homage to Aaliyah, Ray Blk expresses a perspective on the perfect relationship. Does it exist or is it a fallacy we all buy into out of helplessly loving those who have our heart? And continuing the hip hop vibe is Memories, the EP’s lead single produced by Selvsse. The story Ray BLK tells throughout Memories is inspired, with a clever use of metaphors that exemplifies her inspired songwriting and ability to build a heartfelt narrative. 

Not Your Girl lightens the tone of the EP and shows us a light-hearted and independent side to Ray BLK’s character. Perhaps she’s speaking through the voice of Estella to show men her feminist sentiments, in so doing holding up a mirror to patriarchal society to shows us our own insecurities. The overtly feminist sentiment continues into Trouble. The track’s trappy vibe and direct lyrics reflect the often blunt manner in which men approach and objectify women.

Ray BLK shows listeners that women can be as much, or more, in control of their emotions than men. And closing the EP is Run. Combining the soulful, RnB and trap elements present throughout the project, the song has an atmospheric ambience that Ray Blk punctuates with her striking mix of flows. She flies through her higher register and smoothly into that captivating rap cadence to give the track an ear catching dynamism. It’s at the close of the EP that we encounter a snippet of the classic Ms Havisham’s character as she speaks to whom, we don’t know (is it Pip or Estella?), but this touch is a masterful reminder from Ray Blk of the depth of thought and perspective that she’s injected into her music. So I leave it up to you to decide who’s saying what but fundamentally it all sounds dope! Stay locked in for more. 

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Words by Ranako (@NarkiP

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