Monday, 11 February 2013

#ESPspotlight Review: '7 Days, 7 Mixtapes To Set The Mood' Valentine's Special: 4. 'LOOK UP', KIAH VICTORIA

Kiah Victoria is a 20-year-old Singer-Songwriter hailing from Manhattan. By way of Nairobi. By way of PG County. By way of Berlin. You could say she's well-travelled...

Swayed by those Broadway City lights at the tender age of 10; Kiah enjoyed success as the young lead in The Lion King, before going on to study at the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music in NYU's Tisch School of Arts. You'd never guess her self-described passion for 'twerking' from 'Look Up', the 4-track EP I've chosen for Day 4's Soulful selection in the '7 Days, 7 Mixtapes To Set The Mood' #ESPspotlight Series.

Picture opening your eyes in dawn's early hours and having your vision settle on the face of someone special. At that exact moment you realise you're in love. As the weight of that realisation illuminates your thinking along with the weight of all that comes with it; pause the moment and hand the remote to Kiah, who will take the entire experiencecondense that wash of emotion into 3:35 and entitle it 'Sunlight'. 

If you've ever seen the film August Rush and been swept up in the romance of Kerri Russell and Jonathan Rhys in their early scenes, then you fully understand what  'Rooftop' is all about. That mesmerising, heady intoxication that comes with instant chemical attraction will most definitely set your night up nicely - remember, namesakes are welcomed come the end of the year...

By 'Rise', I officially declared the 'Look Up' EP cuddle music. Even though this is actually a post-break up song about doing exactly what the title says after being crushed by your previously intoxicating love. It makes those in love want to cling tighter while those who relate...well this one makes us want to lay on the floor and just 'be' for a moment.

The vocal range really soars for 'Home'; which is a pretty amazing feat, considering Kiah manages not to overpower the song in anyway. In fact the power fits like the glove you should be wearing if my namesakes aren't the goal and objective this Thursday (PSA Alert). 'No glove, no love' people; "Settle for a Melody" instead, like the Lady herself says...

Short but sweet, this intimate snapshot is the perfect audio tool for a night that's destined to be memorable.

Download Kiah Victoria's 'Look Up' EP from her bandcamp page:

Download Kiah Victoria's 'Look Up' EP from bandcamp now

Connect with Kiah via her Social Media Catalogue, let her know your thoughts on her mixtape and let me know what you think about my take on it!

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See you in 24 for my Day 3 Selection!

ES :)