Her first new material since 2019’s debut album Significant Changes arrives with a great deal of anticipation. As with Significant Changes - which contains many references to her work studying the environment - on Both Of Us / Are U Down Jayda distils her interests and surroundings once more. The resulting EP is a dichotomy of old and new, equal parts nostalgia and of breaking new ground.
Both Of Us is an upbeat throwback to the dancefloors of the past, drawing on Jayda’s love of classic, uplifting house, the kind she digs for and plays religiously in her DJ sets and during her recent year-long BBC Radio 1 Residency.
In contrast, Are U Down presents a new, slightly grittier and more sombre side to Jayda’s sound, something she attributes to her recent move from Berlin to London and her subsequent immersion into UK dance music culture. The lyrics and title, a reference to the feelings of uncertainty and excitement of exploring something new, could just as easily be applied to the circumstances many of us find ourselves in now.
Both tracks were born out of a meeting with Fred again..—the BRIT Award-winning and Ivor Novello nominated artist who recently collaborated with Headie One, Jamie xx, fka Twigs and Sampha on the ‘GANG’ mixtape. The two quickly struck up a friendship and agreed to get into the studio together.
The EP is completed by two remixes—the ‘Sunset Bliss Mix’ named as another homage to the club remixes of old.