Girls, parties, expensive mansions, and pirates all make an appearance in the very not safe for work clip for Calvin Harris’ “Thinking About You.” The video also features none other than Ayah Marar, who does vocals on the track and rides in a fancy boat with her friends. Where was she heading? Does she make it to the outlandish mansion party? No spoilers, but check out the video to find out!
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Today is the day, Ayah Marar’s debut album The Real dropped in the US! You can now purchase the album physically or digitally from our website, amazon, and iTunes. Click through the artwork below to stream/purchase the album now!
Ayah Marar’s The Real may not be out till tomorrow, but it’s not stopping the blogs from buzzing about it. Raw Tracks Music recently did a review about it, and they had a lot of good stuff to say. They speak about the “kaleidoscopic” tendencies the album has, which Raw Tracks Music says “ake inspiration from the underground dance scene, cherry-picking the very best elements of drum and bass, techno and house and bolting them onto well-crafted pop hooks that look set to shatter dance floors.” You can read the full review here or check it out below.
Well known amongst the electronic music community in the UK, Ayah’s dedication to her music has earned her the rightful title of “The Queen Of Bass.” Her debut album, ”The Real” has been attracting widespread attention and critical acclaim, with a recent Vibe Magazine interview, Music Week featuring her song “Alive” as Track Of The Week, and Ayah winning Best Female Artist in the 2013 Drum And Bass Awards. Ayah’s fan-base is strong and promises to continue growing with the US release of “The Real” due out on July 9th this year.
Dance music is a broad church, but within each parish there’s usually a set of rules. A doesn’t always go with B, and X shouldn’t really mix with Y, but sometimes those rules are meant to be broken or manipulated into odd new shapes. Ayah Marar’s kaleidoscopic debut album, “The Real,” is a case in point: thirteen songs that take inspiration from the underground dance scene, cherry-picking the very best elements of drum and bass, techno and house and bolting them onto well-crafted pop hooks that look set to shatter dance floors. “It’s an homage to dance music in whatever form, whether it’s garage or two step or house or drum and bass,” she explains.
With seemingly every other new pop star trying to marry a gargantuan dance beat to a pretty melody, it’s a competitive world. The difference here is that Ayah Marar isn’t faking it. She lives the life of an underground dance fiend, of a DJ and MC, of a strong woman in a male-dominated industry. Her two worlds, the underground and the mainstream, have been brought together organically, co-existing in a way that sounds fresh rather than forced. “I’m trying something that I don’t think has been done in the way we’re trying to do it,” Marar states. “It’s what I love to do; it’s trying to find that balance.”
Ayah Marar’s debut album The Real will be out tomorrow, but check it out now on our website! Click the artwork below to listen/purchase.
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Last week, Ayah Marar reportingly killed it at the Innovation In The Sun festival in Barcelona. Drum and Bass authority, All Things Drum and Bass says that Ayah put a “fresh twist on a live set” and recalls it ended way too soon. The crowd photo, courtesy of Ayah’s instagram, is more than enough proof she had the crowd on their feet. All Things Drum And Bass apparently recorded the set and it’s meant to be online in the coming days. Check back for that soon!
MTV Iggy, a new section of MTV covered up and coming international acts, posted the new video for Ayah Marar’s latest single “Lethal Dose.” Widely thought of as showing a bit of Ayah’s softer side, the video clip “Lethal Dose” features a more personal look at Ayah. MTV Iggy regards Ayah Marar for her “poignant songwriting, singing and aggressive DJ style.” Check out the clip below, and read the write up for the video here.
Great news! The new Calvin Harris video for “Thinking About You” featuring Ayah Marar is set to drop on July 8th, according to Roc4Life. This comes just a day before the release of Ayah Marar’s The Real in the US! Calvin recently instagrammed photos from the video shoot and the general theme of the video is set around The Great Gatsby. We can’t wait to see this clip!
Calvin Harris recently shot a video for the track “Thinking About You.” featuring Ayah Marar. According to Calvin Harris, the video was inspired by The Great Gatsby (instagram photos from both Ayah and Calvin confirm). The video was shot in LA all this week. No word on when the video is going to drop, but the single is set to release on August 5th. Stay tuned.
Lifestyle e-zine, Chasseur Magazine did a nice write up for Ayah Marar’s The Real, which is set to drop on Radikal Records on July 9th. With that said, Chasseur Magazine commented on her latest single “Alive” calling it a “track grabbing a bit of Tulisa’s streetstyle attitude on one side, the bold look of Jessie J on another and a pop refrain that could easily fit into one of The Saturdays’ albums, the energy though is palpable and will definitely make the dancefloors and festival goers shake.” Chasseur also featured the clip, which you can also see below. Read the rest of the article here.\
Ayah Marar took some time out to talk to The Irish Times in this new interview. If you ever were wondering how to pronounce her name (eye-ah), she reveals the mystery in the interview. In addition to such, she talks about her album The Real, upcoming studio plans, her label, working with Calvin Harris, and more. Read the interview below. You can check out the original post here.
First off, how do I actually pronounce your name?
Eye-ah. Everyone says Aye-yeah but it’s easier than that.
You’ve written with Toddla T, Jack Peñate and collaborated with Calvin Harris. You must have a very rounded view of the music industry.
I don’t know about rounded. I feel like I’ve built my own sector in the music industry just dipping in and out of different scenes. I mean, I’m underground and I always will be , and anything I do in the mainstream will highlight what the people on my side of the industry can do and as long as I can carry that banner, I will.
You’ve been accorded the title ‘Queen of Dubstep’. That’s not too bad.
It’s absolutely amazing! Queen of Bass also. It’s awesome.
Your wardrobe is savage. You should start wearing a crown onstage.
Savage? I like that. That’s awesome. Yeah, I got a crown tattoo the other day so I think I’ve got it locked. (She later tweeted: “Burger King cardboard crown maybe?”)
Your album The Real was released in October, you’ve had the big singles Mind Controller, Unstoppable, Alive and The Raver and we’re on the brink of festival season. Are you exhausted?
Not at all. Sometimes you think, “I’ve been doing this for so long” and your body is tired but your mind isn’t – so it’s like you wanna do stuff but sometimes it catches up with you. I never want to stop, so I’m finding ways to push myself further.
Are you working on your second album?
I had a moment at the start of this year where I said “let’s get onto album two” but now I think I’ll stick to singles for a while because I wanted to make an album and I did. But it’s not an album market now, especially with dance music, so I’m going to do a lot of writing and hopefully follow up with one of my own.
Tell me about your label, Hussle Girl.
Hussle is more of an umbrella. It started because I try to collect people along the way, especially strong women in the industry, but men too! I really want to start something like an agency for musicians and performers and people who make films, stylists and anyone to do with the music industry where they can come in and work together and help aspiring artists. So what I’m trying to do with the label is really gain a respect and a following.
You’re on Calvin Harris’s next single, Thinking About You. How do you feel about that track?
I love it! I’ve known Calvin for a very long time and now he’s smashing it and I am super proud of him. We wrote that and really enjoyed it. We didn’t think it would be a single but the response was so wonderful. It’s a coup again for
underground music. Hopefully, it will prove to people that we can do it.
Your career has been intertwining with Calvin’s for years now.
Yeah, we met in London about 10 years ago. He’s one of my closest friends and I love him to bits.
Have you been to Ireland before?
I toured with Calvin a few years ago and we were up in Giant’s Causeway and in Dublin. It was wonderful. I can’t wait to come back – it’s going to be awesome.
Sea Sessions is partly a surfing festival. Are you into that?
I am, funnily enough. I started last year and got on a surfboard for the first time. I’m well into it.
What should we expect from your Sea Sessions set?
It will be dirty, dark and bassy. Ha! It’s like a mini club experience for half an hour
The Real will be available July 9th, but you can stream/pre-order it right from our website. Click the artwork below.
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“Alive” is the premier single for the American release off Ayah Marar’s debut album “The Real.” Championed by the likes of Q Magazine (four stars), Dazed Digital, Attitude, Mix Mag, Timeout and The Sun who have labeled her the “Queen Of Bass,” this single is Ayah’s first foray back into dubstep since her “Follow U” release with Yogi on Ministry of Sound. Having been a fan of both Funtcase and P Money (a fellow south Londoner), this seemed the perfect time to bring them together. Big, bashy, dark and very unafraid, Ayah’s penchant for unusual collaborations means that her tracks span a variety of genres making them relevant to an even wider demographic, and “Alive” is no different. The official video has racked up over 160,000 views on VEVO Online.