Melisa came through with her follow up track ‘Sweetest Cake’ and once again set the bar for new UK soul and R&B. Already receiving support again at BBC Radio 1Xtra and premiered with WONDERLAND, ‘Sweetest Cake’ is the first track to be taken from her forthcoming debut E.P. ‘Moon & The Sky’. The natural jump to the track mixed with the menacing bassline reminds of both Amerie and most excitingly, the playful invention of Anderson. Paak.
Now coming with the second taster from her new debut E.P. ‘Moon & The Sky’, ‘Billin’ is an outspoken, harder offering that brings a whole new dimension to Melisa’s work. The boss-like stance is there, as is the throaty drawl and natural, understated power, but again the slick, grinding production together with her warnings to men scared of women on the grind and making money for themselves makes this a defiant, powerful call to action. Allusions to the natural R&B character of Mary J Blige seem relevant, with a unique London grounding. Now moving in the same circles as Jae 5 and J Hus’s camp, this is a level-up statement of intent from Melisa. It’s also an edgy, soulful banger that keeps the young star’s reputation building as we knew it would.