Cover Photo: Destinee Condison
It comes as no surprise that Lila Ike’s debut project topped the reggae album charts in the US. Officially launched on May 15th, the seven-song EP is dubbed The ExPerience.
If there is one thing that Lila Ike, who hails from Manchester in Jamaica, knows how to do and does ever so brilliantly, is lay down her superb vocals on any track. Her versatility has allowed her and the team at In.Digg.Nation Collective to produce an assortment of tracks that resonates with a wide range of listeners.
Lila, born Alecia Gray, has incorporated a variety of R&B, pop and hip-hop sounds on The ExPerience. Whether she is singing about navigating her way through a tumultuous relationship as is the case with Forget Me and Second Chance or flirting with a potential love interest on I Spy, Lila’s style stretches beyond the boundaries of Jamaica’s traditional reggae and dancehall genres.
The most recent visuals released from the EP are I Spy directed by Danny Williams and Solitude which was directed by Nickii Kane. The latter is a soulful plea for “peace of mind” amid the chaos occurring in daily life. The video was shot on location in Jamaica and features picturesque waterfalls and views overlooking Kingston, where Lila spends time alone without the intrusion of technology. The artiste’s raspy voice on the finger-snapping, toe-tapping and mind relaxing track guarantees Solitude will be a fan favourite.
The songstress has established herself as one who will pave the way for the next generation of female Jamaican artistes with tracks such as Biggest Fan (2017), Second Chance (2018) and her monster hit, Where I’m Coming From (2019).
Lila Ike, Protoje and Sevana recently signed a multi-album deal with Six Course/RCA Records which will see the trio release more projects in the future. Fans can rest assured that there will be more amazing music from the freckled-face artiste.