You may not know her name, but you will definitely recognize her voice. Ayah Marar sang (and cowrote) Calvin Harris’ most recent hit “Thinking About You.” For the lead US single from her debut album, “Beg Borrow Steal,” Ayah creates a similar vibe with a bit more of a pop edge. The chorus has my trainspotter brain going crazy – making me think of Fergie’s “Big Girl” as well as Bruno Mars “Just the Way You Are.” Ayah sounds great, but if I were to make one critique it would be that the backing vocals almost cross that cheesy line. Well, that and that my favorite remix, Looney B’s, is a dub rather than containing vocals, though the remixer gets points for the comical name and makes me wonder if it’s Lenny B in disguise. DJs looking for a vocal mix should go right to DSC CHK mix which has all the right elements in place and works for primetime. By the way, if you get a chance to see Ayah perform live – do it. When she performed at Promo Only Summer Sessions, she won the crowd. And no one else can rock a top knot cone bun like she can.
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