UK Rap And Grime Royalty Nolay Returns With ‘Kalas’ EP | Music News
Nolay has captivated fans and critics throughout 2020 with a series of well-received singles and collaborations, including “I Slay” with electronic producer JOYRYDE, summer jam “Periodt” and the Sevaqk-produced forthright war riddim “Corn”.
The South London artist has also previously collaborated with the likes of Ghetts, P Money, Tricky and DJ Zinc, with co-signs from radio stalwarts such as Charlie Sloth, Tim Westwood, Shortee Blitz and Semtex, as well as support from New York Times, Vogue, Noisey, DAZED, BBC Radio 1 and Kiss FM, among others.
Nolay kicks off her 2021 in a big way, with the release of her sixth studio EP KALAS. The self-written 7-track opus sees her working with new and flourishing producers Nicknamez, Mudblood, Zero, Digital Enemies and Damien Alter, in a bid to shine light on ability that might get overshadowed in place of more establishment names.
Grammy Award nominated engineer Alex Evans (Giggs, Wretch 32, Emeli Sande, Basement Jaxx) worked closely with Nolay to mix and master the project to illustrious results.
Nolay adds context in response to any detractors, “‘Kalas’ means enough; done, shut up, stop it, dead, finished, over, they can pick one”. The project begins with the perfect opener titled “I’m Back”, inspired by Nolay’s time away from music. The lyricist confesses, “It’s the release you get when you finally accept your greatness and answer your calling”.
The EP continues in that same vein of Nolay basking in her cultivated excellence once more, and embracing her claim as one of the most formidable lyricists in the grime and UK rap scene.
“Gang Shxt” sees Nolay displaying off her lyrical gymnastics on an infectious rap track, while “Big Clips” sees her leaning into her New York rap influences, while still keeping it very London, and “SEX” offers an altered side to Nolay that we don’t offer hear in her music.
With the heavy hitting “Griselda“, the first song she recorded for the project and the spark that lit the fire for the rest of this project, the Kalas EP closes out and Nolay returns to take her place in the music landscape of the UK. Listen to the EP below and watch the video for “Gang Shxt” as well.
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