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Ray BLK Announces Debut Album 'Access Denied', Posts New Single M.I.A. Featuring Kaash Paige

Wednesday, 07 July 2021 Written by Jon Stickler

Ray BLK has announced her debut album.

'Access Denied' will arrive on September 17 through Island Records and feature the new single M.I.A., a slick R&B jam that showcases the Londoner's powerful vocals alongside a cool flow from American collaborator and rising Def Jam Recordings star Kaash Paige. Ray said:

"M.I.A. is my summer anthem as we’re released from lockdown. It’s just about escaping, or being with someone who feels like an escape, like you’re on holiday and just at peace, away from the noise. After being in lockdown for so long and being overwhelmed or feeling low, I’m ready to be out with the people I love the most in our element with this playing in the background as the soundtrack to our summer."

Written and recorded during the COVID-19 lockdown, the 14-track record also boasts guest spots from Stefflon Don, Kojey Radical, Suburban Plaza and Giggs, who features on the already shared Games. Ray added:

"I've been looking forward to this moment of releasing my debut album since I was 13 in the studio with MNEK learning how to write songs and knew for certain I wanted to be a singer. 'Access Denied' is for those who like myself, know disappointment too well and have learned to create boundaries as a coping mechanism for self protection. I've opened up about how the childhood I had made me guarded, how disappointing relationships made me fear love and how being told no so many times in the music industry kicked me down, but I got back up. I want people to listen to this record and value themselves enough to deny access to those who are undeserving, and to also value themselves enough to keep believing in themselves when they’re denied access to certain spaces and say yes to themselves when the world tells them no."

The new album will also feature her previously released singles Dark Skinned and Lovesick, which dropped in May 2021 and October 2020, respectively.

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