It’s been a long time coming, but British singer-songwriter Mahalia has finally dropped her highly anticipated sophomore album, Love and Compromise. It comes three years after her debut, Diary of Me.
Notable features on Love and Compromise come from BRIT Award-winning singer Ella Mai on “What You Did,” and Burna Boy on the Afrobeat-flavored “Simmer.”
Album highlights “He’s Mine” and “I Wish I Missed My Ex” showcase the R&B artist’s playful side. The latter produces one of the more memorable moments on the record, with Mahalia and her backing vocalists harmonizing over radiant trumpets and flugelhorns: “Every time the weekend comes, yeah / I know that it won’t be long, yeah / ’Til you‘re gonna call my phone, yeah / You’ll be like “Babe, come over.””
On the more serious song “Richie,” Mahalia chronicles losing a close friend to a gambling addiction. “Now, tell me what it costs, Money kills / Sell his soul for a hundred bills / And when he comes back down / He just wanna get higher,” she sings.
Mahalia dropped a video for the Kojey Radical-assisted “One Night Only” last year, a cut off her 2018 EP Seasons. Listen to her sophomore album Love and Compromise below: