Shay Lia and Stwo reminisce on past love on the unconventional soul of ‘Feels’

After releasing both a collaboration with Sango in the form of previous single ‘The Cycle’ and Kaytranada with his track ‘Chances’ towards the end of last year, French-Djiboutian singer Shay Lia today unveils her first output of the year, a brand new single titled ‘Feels’. Collaborating with Canadian producer and OVO affiliate STWO, the track sees Shay expand her sonic palette even further, delving deep into midnight-hued, introspective soul.

A sultry, slow paced jam with an 80’s inspired analog touch, ‘Feels’ tells the story of lamenting lost love and and yearning for it back, with Shay’s delicate falsetto elegantly weaving between hard-hitting 909 percussion before being offset by an impactful low end that anchors the track’s airy atmospherics. A complete outlier from the current wave of progressive soul permeating the mainstream right now, ‘Feels’ is beautifully simplistic, allowing Shay’s voice to take centre stage; soaking in the track’s rich tones and slowed rhythmics.

A masterclass in subtle minimalism, ‘Feels’ is a devastatingly emotional return for Shay Lia. An artist quickly becoming known for their adaptability to any setting, Shay Lia’s incredible versatility is fully realised on ‘Feels’, a stunningly unconventional work of contemporary R&B that blends genres effortlessly – simultaneously portraying the serene and melancholy. With more music on the horizon, 2019 is set to be the year Shay Lia cements her position as one of the most exciting soul artists emerging right now.