Words by Tim Hakki @TimHakki
Together with the arrival of Jorja Smith’s phenomenal debut album Lost And Found, Mahalia’s latest single ‘I Wish I Missed My Ex’ proves that now is an immensely fertile time for interesting British vocal pop music. Where Jorja’s music is cinematic and full of spectacle however, Mahalia goes in for a subtler, jazzier and altogether more adult vibe. The comparison is moot really, as both artists occupy their own inimitable space. Where Jorja goes in for more abstract self-reflection, Mahalia’s lyricism is often more direct and more caustic. It doesn’t take much to imagine what ‘I Wish I Missed My Ex’ is about, but Mahalia’s velvet smooth execution adds about forty nine new levels of shade to the titular shade she throws on her exes.