FRIENDS LIKE THESE (EP)

by Tara Priya

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In this self-produced EP, Tara Priya presents a darker, yet no less soulful, departure from her retro-soul days in LA. Primarily written & recorded with east London beatmaker Jimmy Logic in Dalston, 'Friends Like These' combines Tara Priya's jazz vocals with her signature biting, poetic lyrics and hip-hop grooves.

J Dilla fans will nod along to the 'moonshine' drums in 'One Foot Out' and jazz-hip-hop fusion loops in 'Friends Like These'. Pop/soul fans will dance along to 'Who That', an infectious sassy earworm written by Priya, Ragz Originale (Skepta, Krept & Konan) and Joe Garret (Zayn Mailk).

The evolution in 'Friends Like These' earned Tara praise from critics & radio, including Ministry of Sound, BBC 6 Music's Tom Robinson, Radio 2's Jamie Cullum, Amazing Radio, Simon Raymonde, EARMILK and Time Out London.

"Smoothly combining jazz, soul, and '90s hip-hop, with its head-bobbing production and infectious piano melody" -- HYPETRAK

“Sitting somewhere between classic soul, trip hop and the slumped productions of J Dilla, 'One Foot Out' is a contagious, potent statement of intent.” -- Robin Murray, CLASH

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released June 2, 2015

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Tara Priya London, UK

California-born Tara Priya started off singing hooks on rap demos in LA (for the likes of Raekwon, Kendrick Lamar & Jay Rock) but soon moved to London to create her own blend of soul, pop & '90s hip-hop. Influenced by J. Dilla, Missy Elliot & Lauryn Hill, the Indian-Persian singer-songwriter is currently recording her debut UK album. ... more

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Track Name: NOT AT ALL
Sleeping over and I shouldn’t be
Ignoring my phone, what’s wrong with me
Black and yellow tape all over me
Lovesick puppy shade of green

Self-made martyr
Walking on my back when he wants
Ooh, I’m a goner
Going going gone when he calls

Everyday I’m battling
Just to keep your name from my lips
Everyday you caused me pain
But at least I felt something

Wanna be on your breath like the night when we slept
Not at all
Wanna be on your breath like the night when we slept
Not at all
I wanna be on your breath like the night when we slept
Not at all
My happy cracked, I want you back
Happy cracked, I want you back

B-b-bang-bang, b-b-body, bruise
Grippin’ collarbones, that good hurt
No, you never say her name in your sleep
But you don’t say anybody’s

Now I’m a self-made martyr
Walkin’ on my back when you want
Ooh, I’m a goner
Going, going, gone when you call

Wanna be on your breath like the night when we slept
Not at all
Wanna be on your breath like the night when we slept
Not at all
I wanna be on your breath like the night when we slept
Not at all
My happy cracked, I want you back
Happy cracked, I want you back

Wrongdoing in my bones, yeah I done wrong
When my man left our home, yeah I done wrong
Cheating heart, dirty soul, tell me I’m wrong
Baby pull me close

Wrongdoing in my bones, yeah I done wrong
When my man left our home, yeah I done wrong
Cheating heart, dirty soul, tell me I’m wrong
Baby pull me close
Baby pull me, won’t you pull me, won’t you pull me close

Wanna be on your breath like the night when we slept
Not at all
Wanna be on your breath like the night when we slept
Not at all
I wanna be on your breath like the night when we slept
Not at all
My happy cracked, I want you back
Happy cracked, I want you back
Track Name: ONE FOOT OUT
And I’ve had enough
Of conditional love
Out of stamina
No, I couldn’t keep up

Your bed gets made
With guilt and shame
The longer I wait
For you to make

You got
One foot in
What you want, work it out
One foot out
Hanging by your doubt
One foot in
So sweet, gone sour
One foot out
What you want, work it out

The N38
Ain’t goin’ my way, no way
‘Cause I don’t stay
‘Round yours these days

Start, stop, yes, no
Fall fast, burn slow
You don’t say what you mean

You got
One foot in
What you want, work it out
One foot out
Hanging by your doubt

One foot in
So sweet, gone sour
One foot out
What you want, work it out

It ain’t turnin’ my way
No way
You’re supposed to want me
Want me
Things ain’t turning my way
No, no way
See, you’re supposed to want me
Want me
But you

You got
One foot in
What you want, work it out
One foot out
Hanging by your doubt
One foot in
So sweet, gone sour
One foot out
What you want, work it out
Track Name: WHO THAT
[VERSE]
Don’t owe you anything
Kick me to the curb, I hit it running
Don’t owe you anything
Finally over you, no trippin’ guilty
Blacklisting me like don’t touch
Pressing me now too much, like

[CHORUS]
Who that, who that, who-who that-that-that
Who that, who that, who-who that-that-that
Who that, who that Like
Who that, who that, who-who that-that-that
Who that, who that, who-who that-that-that
Who that, who that
But I’m like [whistle]

[VERSE]
Don’t throw your shade at me
Rockin’ with your crew, you tastin’ salty
You know you owe me
Grief and pain with you, don’t get to judge me
Blacklistin’ me like don’t touch
Pressing me now too much, like

[CHORUS]
Who that, who that, who-who that-that-that
Who that, who that, who-who that-that-that
Who that, who that, like
Who that, who that, who-who that-that-that
Who that, who that, who-who that-that-that
Who that, who that
But I’m like [whistle]

[BRIDGE]
Eyes on me but you won’t eat, what’s that
What’s that
Broke my leash do who I please, take that
Take that

[OUTRO]
Like who that, who that, who-who that-that-that
Who that, who that, who-who that-that-that
Who that, who that