Nigerian singer, songwriter and poet, Davina Oriakhi, on Friday released her debut album titled Love to a Mortal.
The nine-track album, which was mixed and mastered by Shaun ‘Hypertone’ Barrett (Snakehips, Jessie J, Alesha Dixon), runs the gamut of soul, hip-hop, jazz, spoken word and everything in between, with themes of love, life and spirituality, and sees the London-based Davina collaborating with burgeoning musicians Gabriel Ryder, The Chordinator and Nobong D’Synth on production.
This baby is my first. I poured my heart and soul into her. I’ve sacrificed so much for her. I hope you vibe with it ? My Debut LP “Love to a Mortal ” #LTAM out now on SoundCloud (She’ll be on all your Favourite digital stores and streaming platforms soon ) Thanks to the producers: @nobong_d_synth @dammiechordz @gabrielrydermusic for making my sonic visions come to life. #newmusic #soulmusic #debut #album #soundcloud #singersongwriter #soulsinger #london #nigerian #LTAM #love #lovesong #davinaoriakhi
It opens with ‘It’s All About Love’ which is an assured piano ballad that straddles the line between spoken word and pop-soul, while taking its inspiration from The Bible, and the organic Jazz-influenced ‘These Feelings’ which is backed by lush live horn instrumentation, thanks to Nigerian producer The Chordinator, and chronicles the battle against the voice of reason and lust in Davina’s head.
It flows smoothly into some glorious spoken word with ‘Temptation | Relapse’ and ‘Before The Silence’, about battling lust and pursuing fleeting pleasures, which serve as the perfect prelude to the album’s lead single ‘Silence (Father Have Mercy)’, with its Reggae-influenced backdrop provided by Nobong D’Synth, offering the perfect antithesis to the frustrations that Davina reveals on the lyrics.
From the soulful Jazz-esque call to arms to “keep up the good fight” that is ‘WST [Good Fight]’, to the ‘Moonshine’ reprise and the album’s second single ‘F.S.L.S’ which both see Davina standing up for self-discovery, self-acceptance and self-love, to the album’s infectious closing track ‘JuJu’, Davina has created an eclectic, undeniable and assured body of work, that will capture hearts and minds in 2017.
Love to a Mortal seamlessly weaves through a plethora of genres, from soul to jazz to hip-hop to spoken word, to highlight her musical fluidity, and the album also showcases the London-based artist’s soulful lyricism and ability to take her listeners on a musical and spiritual journey – one which goes from finding love, to battling lust and temptation, to depression, to forgiveness and healing, to self-discovery and acceptance, in the most endearing fashion.
Speaking about the inspiration behind the album, Davina says, “The LP is an expression of a spiritual love journey, from finding love, to the realisation of lust and deceptive emotions, temptation, and relapse, to depression, forgiveness, then healing, mental and spiritual battles, to self-love and the road to self-discovery and acceptance, and the outer-body feeling of love and joy… It’s a journey, and each track represents each stop on that journey”.