[ARTICLE] J’Danna – With Love, From Yesterday EP Review

  • Akila Clark

  • Sat 31st 2018

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with from yesterday

Credit: Sophie Jones

J’Danna is a South London vocalist and writer. Being introduced to her music was very refreshing, but I must say, having no info on a new artist was somewhat tricky for me to understand. I later found out that this EP, “With Love, From Yesterday” is not her first project. For the past few years, J’Danna has been writing songs and singing backup for Jocelyn Brown, Gilles Peterson and Julio Bashmore.

Many music fans tend to think that new artists come out from nowhere when in actuality they’ve been working on their careers for years before anyone knew their name!

I can genuinely say that I enjoyed this EP. Although it was only four songs, I won’t be mad since it’s her first solo project. The first track, Stand By me, is sincere. She took pure feelings and turned them into a great melody. It seems like such a small request to ask someone to be by your side. It seems small but is such a tremendous job.

“In the darkest of time, you’re all I need.”

The beat flows nicely with voices in the background taking the place of instruments. I can tell J’Danna took her time with this track. It’s something about a simple beat to bring everything out of a song. Sometimes, too many sounds and instruments can distract the listener from really grasping the message and intended emotions.

Feel No Pain is track two it was almost one of my favourites. So far, the vibe of the EP goes from a respectful somber tempo to a mid-upbeat feeling. It’s refreshing to hear so many vocals in the background that compliment the instruments that made up the beat. This song is one that’ll bring you out of a bad mood, as she intended it to be.

I can sense a story being told within the vibe of this project. From track one to three I went from feeling emotions to this early 2000’s hip-hop vibe with the song All I Need. Not only is it more of a street vibe, but she’s also switched it up from strictly singing to rapping with a singing melody.

“I’m not defined by the numbers on a statement. I know I’m more than just a diamond in the rough. That’s all I need to get me by.”

Once you get through the feelings on track one, you start to realise your self-worth by track three. It’s a perfect song for 2018 because the world is full of saturated industries and egotistical people. Being okay with what you have and where you are in life is my favourite message on the entire EP. Just like the bio on her Instagram says, “Substance over hype”.

Last, but not least, she closes it out with another song that you’ll surely resonate with. At first listen, I thought she was talking about feelings for a lover, but then I could hear her speaking to me with words of encouragement. This is an essential factor to me because this song is relatable on different levels. Music is just like food; Layers are just as important as flavour. The production of this beat is fantastic. It starts as a piano ballot and in between the chorus and verses, it breaks to a deep bass with the orchestra behind her vocals.

The overall production of this EP is amazing and on my top list. Lyrics that resonate, beats that don’t steal her shine where you still pay attention to what she’s saying and a storyline that’s straight to the point. If I had to rate this on a scale of one to ten, I’d give it a 9.5, only because I wish there were a couple of more songs. Be sure to check it out on Soundcloud and follow her on Instagram.

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with from yesterday

Credit: Sophie Jones

J’Danna is a South London vocalist and writer. Being introduced to her music was very refreshing, but I must say, having no info on a new artist was somewhat tricky for me to understand. I later found out that this EP, “With Love, From Yesterday” is not her first project. For the past few years, J’Danna has been writing songs and singing backup for Jocelyn Brown, Gilles Peterson and Julio Bashmore.

Many music fans tend to think that new artists come out from nowhere when in actuality they’ve been working on their careers for years before anyone knew their name!

I can genuinely say that I enjoyed this EP. Although it was only four songs, I won’t be mad since it’s her first solo project. The first track, Stand By me, is sincere. She took pure feelings and turned them into a great melody. It seems like such a small request to ask someone to be by your side. It seems small but is such a tremendous job.

“In the darkest of time, you’re all I need.”

The beat flows nicely with voices in the background taking the place of instruments. I can tell J’Danna took her time with this track. It’s something about a simple beat to bring everything out of a song. Sometimes, too many sounds and instruments can distract the listener from really grasping the message and intended emotions.

Feel No Pain is track two it was almost one of my favourites. So far, the vibe of the EP goes from a respectful somber tempo to a mid-upbeat feeling. It’s refreshing to hear so many vocals in the background that compliment the instruments that made up the beat. This song is one that’ll bring you out of a bad mood, as she intended it to be.

I can sense a story being told within the vibe of this project. From track one to three I went from feeling emotions to this early 2000’s hip-hop vibe with the song All I Need. Not only is it more of a street vibe, but she’s also switched it up from strictly singing to rapping with a singing melody.

“I’m not defined by the numbers on a statement. I know I’m more than just a diamond in the rough. That’s all I need to get me by.”

Once you get through the feelings on track one, you start to realise your self-worth by track three. It’s a perfect song for 2018 because the world is full of saturated industries and egotistical people. Being okay with what you have and where you are in life is my favourite message on the entire EP. Just like the bio on her Instagram says, “Substance over hype”.

Last, but not least, she closes it out with another song that you’ll surely resonate with. At first listen, I thought she was talking about feelings for a lover, but then I could hear her speaking to me with words of encouragement. This is an essential factor to me because this song is relatable on different levels. Music is just like food; Layers are just as important as flavour. The production of this beat is fantastic. It starts as a piano ballot and in between the chorus and verses, it breaks to a deep bass with the orchestra behind her vocals.

The overall production of this EP is amazing and on my top list. Lyrics that resonate, beats that don’t steal her shine where you still pay attention to what she’s saying and a storyline that’s straight to the point. If I had to rate this on a scale of one to ten, I’d give it a 9.5, only because I wish there were a couple of more songs. Be sure to check it out on Soundcloud and follow her on Instagram.

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