Out of Durban, South Africa comes a very swaggered vocalist that has the R&B flair that reminds us of the late Aaliyah. Her melodic voice mesmerizes her listeners.
Following the success of Lorreta’s debut single, “Mood” and music video television debut on music programming channels TraceAfrica, MTV Base, BET, Channel O and the like, MtvBase had blasted Lorreta on social media as “One to Watch”. Not to mention having only entered less than 3 months onto the music scene Lorreta has been the only female to win the SlikourOnlife “Underdog” competition for emerging talent within the SA Hip-hop.
The Gone Too Long EP is Lorreta’s ode to the older versions of herself.
In her own words: “Those closest to me, my supporters/fan base and acquaintances through the years have been asking for a lot of songs I only ever seem to play when I attend party’s, visit or host listening sessions and in the studio…..so I decided to compile a mixtape of these songs as far back as when I 1st started. ” she said, ” I never got the liberty to release a body of work at the time and this will be a reminder of someone I use to be.”
“This unique opportunity will allow me to share my story and to bring you guys along to understanding the “New” Lorreta that’s about to hit. I don’t want to leave anyone behind.
There’s a new wave that’s coming after this release in South Africa and not just for me, so I suppose, in a way this mixtape will be my “Origins” story.”
From the daughter of a Jazz musician on the SA music scene, the Gone Too Long Ep is a straight-up collection that highlights the poetic yet swaggered approach in which Lorreta (affectionately known as, LoLo) approaches music. Overall, it contains an interpolation of old school 90’s Rnb and Hip-Hop sounds. On “Mood”, we can enjoy the hype of the kwaito sound indigenous to South Africa, followed through by the melodic R&B and hip-hop fusion with trap influences and retro R&B on “Indigo”, not to mention “On Fleek”, trap-inspired by Beyoncé’s “7/11”, that captures Lorreta rap-singing owning the strength and prowess of all women over a warped up-tempo beat with African nuances in its execution. The final track “This Place” is a tribute to the renowned SA kwaito group ‘TKZee” a cover on the solitude of all things priceless love, peace and hope, leaving you with an intense nostalgia of days past.
The aim of the “Gone Too Long EP” is for audiences to contrast and compare LoLo’s older sounds and approach to music as well as to track her growth and development as an artist. Lorreta continued: “When I had introduced my latest single “Dance” onto the scene an electro-house tune, people struggled to understand how I got to this stage of my life this seemingly ‘new woman’, and I would like to show people that it all began with my love for hip-hop it all started with the Gone Too Long EP.”
“Gone Too Long EP”, will be available on iTunes, Google Play, Deezer, Spotify, SoundCloud, YouTube from May 22.