Mahalia recruits AJ Tracey for new breakup single ‘Roadside’

"You left me, left without a goodbye/ But I really thought you was a good guy"

Mahalia has released a new single with AJ Tracey called ‘Roadside’ – you can listen to it below.

Produced by British duo The Elements, the R&B singer’s new record hears her deliver painful lyrics about a breakup, with AJ stepping in towards the end of the track to offer a male perspective on the split.

That you left me, left me, left me on the roadside/ When you kept me waitin’ on you all night/ I never knew you’d be a heartbreaker/ I’m done with your fake love,” Mahalia sings on the chorus. “You left me, left without a goodbye/ But I really thought you was a good guy.

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Speaking on the song – which follows July’s ‘Whenever You’re Ready’ – Mahalia said: “I’ve kinda been excited about releasing this one since I started writing it. Fresh out of a breakup, I made this one with The Elements and two of my favourite girls and songwriters Abby (Absolutely) and Kamille. We had so much fun writing and making this together.”

She added: “Getting AJ on it was the cherry on top for me. I’ve wanted to work with him forever and I was so happy that it could be on this tune. I hope you love it!”

You can listen to ‘Roadside’ below:

‘Roadside’ is set to appear on the follow-up to Mahalia’s 2019 album, ‘Love And Compromise’. Written during lockdown, the title of the singer’s new LP – which she is yet to reveal – will be inspired by a Maya Angelou poem, she told Rolling Stone UK this month.

In 2020, Mahalia put out her award-winning ‘Isolation Tapes’ EP. Last December, she was among the winners at 2020’s MOBO Awards, walking away with two trophies.

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The awards ceremony, which returned for the first time since 2017, saw the British R&B star take home the awards for Best Female Act and Best R&B/Soul Act.

Mahalia’s next show will take place at the O2 Academy Brixton in London on November 19.

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