Emerging UK singing duo Melonyx (Georgia Copeland and Nadia Latoya) shares their first set of releases as two official singles. The songs “Melanin Queens” and “Energy” see them working with veteran producer Joe Buhdha, who crafts a mix of classic neo-soul/R&B textures tinged with some good old hip-hop. The double single expresses and explores the power, royalty, and high value of black women in society at large.
The first cut “Melanin Queens” is an empowering anthem that talks about how society under appreciates the efforts of the black woman. Bolstered by a lush and cinematic backdrop laced with punchy drums, heavenly horns, and warm textures, the duo give power to their words of affirmation by boldly acknowledging the power they have as black women. From the different accomplishments in different fields and their trendsetting nature, the song is the quintessential black girl magic anthem.
“Energy” has a very calming and relaxing vibe with its somber keys, soft drums, and nostalgic textures. In this tune, the sisters speak on the female experience of feeling used and undervalued. Copeland and Latoya sure know the drill and implore people to always keep the same energy and refrain from wasting everyone’s time.
Melonyx has performed at Gilles Peterson’s We Out Here Festival, toured with Acoustickle, received praise from Wordplay Magazine, and supported events organized by soul legend Terri Walker. Harking back to their community roots, they have also given workshops aimed at getting young people involved with music and events, organized free online yoga for African and Caribbean women during the lockdown, and present a regular Soul Selection show on 97.5 Kemet FM radio.