The sweet sound of Toian

10172807_423018041192207_7072304977976513394_nJamaican songstress Toian – not to be confused with late 80s deejay Toyan – has just released her debut EP Retrospect, a summery set collecting five tracks with a contemporary sound.

Toian was previously only Toi and has for the past two years worked with artists such as Protoje and Vybz Kartel and she also sung on Alexander Star’s infectious reggae crossover Sippin’ On Rum.

My first encounter with her music was the dubby Rude Boy released last year. That track is also featured on Retrospect along with her latest single Love It, a catchy cut that borrows from two classics – The Uniques’s My Conversation and Sister Nancy’s Bam Bam.

Style & Fashion is bouncy, while the emotional Next To Me lies close to a classic power ballad. Album closing track Come Away is airy with Toian’s sweet and delicate singing echoing back and forth in the mix.

An excellent and youthful debut from a fresh new voice.


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