On the Horizon: Boyish Issues, Shola Ama.

On the Horizon: Boyish Issues, Shola Ama.

If you havin’ boy troubles I feel bad for ya girl; I got 99 problems but a bloke ain’t one.

It might well be, however, for London-based songstrel Shola Ama, whose forthcoming Cass Lowe-produced single Boyfriend tells of that hideous predicament concerning amorous uncertainties and truths untold on grotty dance floors nationwide. You know the sort – Sugababes’ Too Lost In You comes on, your lips are practically caressing those of another, and yet you’ve an estranged other half pining for you back at home. Primordial urges tussle with a morality bastardised by the adulterous smut so unrelentingly lionised by the mass media of this licentious era, and what seems your entire life hangs in the balance. “I know what you want/ I know what you want from me” Ama initially concedes, she too only too familiar with this particularly grim, if self-inflicted plight. “You put me in a song/ Say baby come home with me/ But you know that isn’t me/ I’m never gonna be another casualty of your hotel suite” she continues, articulating the equivalently atrocious though rather less wonted ruses renowned of major label execs and burgeoning artists alike, before she steadies the ship and reassures herself: “Sho, don’t fuck this up/ I got a boyfriend.” That the single itself is rendered so epic musically, however, is the element that sets it apart both above and beyond, as exotic Amazonian samples meet with a muggy intimacy perfectly in keeping with its explicit central themes. This is Ama wheeling out “the big guns” and shooting for the heart. And she just went and punctured mine…

Shola Ama.

Comments are closed.