Jamaican 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.
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.