EP Review: Kianja – Chapter Three

Chapter Three is the third EP release from North London soul pop artist Kianja, and its also the record that has got her music on my radar.

By Graeme Smith

The EP is four tracks inspired by ’70s soul and pop, but in the mix is R&B, reggae and much more. The result is an enticing collection that acts as a perfect introduction to the world of Kianja. It’s a life that starts in North East-London and takes a detour into the jazz clubs of Durban, South Africa before returning to a song writing and musical engineering education in London. Previous EPs have seen her be celebrated by BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra.

Chapter Three opens with Ever Since You Went Away, a classic, heartfelt ballad that showcases the expressiveness of Kianja’s vocals. Fear rumbles along nicely with reggae-infused lively, textured percussion and bass. It’s raw and authentic message makes it a highlight.

Leave Me Behind is a soaring soulful moment where Kianja’s vocals are at their most powerful and compelling. Lost In You closes the EP with an up-tempo arrangement that brims with optimism. Its lyrics are rich in storytelling and relatable sentiments about the nature of relationships and self love. It’s another highlight.

I’m so excited about Kianja’s sound, and it’s a shame that it’s taken me this long to discover her. Her songs brim with honest emotion, relatable lyrics and a heady mix of life and soul. She’s definitely one to watch. No doubt a full-length will be on its way and it may well launch her to stardom.

You can listen to Chapter Three below.