If you like Kelela or the more recent output of Rihanna then you might well be attracted to the steely yet sensuous music of Londoner Ayelle. Her latest track ‘Machine’ is built on an icy cold, synth-centred instrumental that occasionally stabs and occasionally echoes military drums. There’s a good reason for that though; Ayelle’s latest single is designed to be a cutting insight into the double standards of modern day gender relations. And what better way to do that than with a track that’s simultaneously hard-edged and just a little bit sexy.
Ayelle said of the track: “‘Machine’ is about women’s role as sex objects within the patriarchy and our institutionalised servitude to the male gaze. I wrote it while questioning internalised behaviours that I’d noticed in myself that weren’t necessarily representative of what I wanted, but of other peoples’ desires and expectations.” It’s a weighty subject for a new artist but one that Ayelle handles well.
Listen to ‘Machine’ below.