With her instantly recognisable lo-fi neo-soul and pulsating R&B sound, influenced by soul artists like Erykah Badu, the grunge of Nirvana, and gospel music, London-based singer Alysha is a rising star to watch. Since releasing her debut EP at the beginning of 2020 with “Midnight Rendezvous”, and working with producers like AKA Block and David Tickle, she’s released a stack of singles that have seen her reach over three million streams. And she’s just getting started.
Her lyrics document growing up as a girl in London, all the big parts - like love and heartbreak - as well as the anecdotal details. There are references to her local corner shop, late night cab rides, flirtations with boys from South London. But in her latest Latin-inspired track, “Si Me Quieres”, she goes beyond her love of London. “I felt it was time to explore my Cuban roots with my music”, she explains, adding “I’d like to explore this kind of sound more in the future.”
Rollacoaster sat down with the singer to discuss her songwriting process, influences, and what she wants people to take away from her music.