Ella Mai's Debut Album Is Here + The Go-to Tracks

“Ooh now I’ll never get over you until I find something new, that gets me high like you do.” You know the lyrics, either by choice or default to Ella Mai’s love anthem “Boo’d Up.” It leaves you with all the feels for your boo and for 3 minutes and 59 seconds it’s only you two in the room.

There’s more for Ella Mai to offer because her self-titled debut album was released on Oct. 12. The album features 16 tracks each touching on how it feels to be in a relationship: the peaks, the lows, and everything in between.

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On Instagram, Ella Mai couldn’t contain her excitement for her project to finally see the light of day. She posted a video of her turning to a camera throughout the day to proclaim, “The album is out nowwww.” Both fun and gratifying for the 23-year-old to solidify her mark on the music industry.

In 2016, DJ Mustard discovered Ella Mai through Instagram because she sang covers of popular hip-hop songs. She signed to his record label 10 Summers and Interscope Records.

The one-hit wonder is a category a lot of artists know all too well but Ella Mai does not. She doesn’t fall victim to “Boo’d Up” being her only hit as “Trip” soon followed. The piano-driven, smooth jam tells the tale of when your “trippin’” or over-thinking a situation about your partner. Ella Mai’s snap-your-finger grooves checks off another hit for the songstress.

Her romantic tone and spoken-word skits on the album will remind you of 90s R&B, the classics you can play from beginning to end because they had a story to tell. Ella Mai expresses her emotion on track “Good Bad” singing sometimes she wakes up in a bad mood and for her partner to have patience with her. She flips the script on “Sauce” to make it known that she will brag about how fly she is. You know, she has “too much sauce.”

Her new album features A-list artists Chris Brown, John Legend, and H.E.R. The R&B heavyweights added their specialties of catchy lyrics, adding one more reason to listen to the album. The entire project is a great listen and below are the top picks for the stand-out tracks.

The Go-to Tracks
“Good Bad”
“Cheap Shot”
“Shot Clock”

“Everything” ft. John Legend

Own It”
“Gut Feeling” ft. H.E.R.

Ella Mai proves she’s here to stay and we will see how it all turns out for the young British star. What are your fave songs off the album? I want to hear from you so let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

MusicShantal Marshall