I have NO idea why this song is called “Aaliyah”. I clicked on it suspecting that it was some sort of homage to the late R&B and film star Aaliyah.
On “Aaliyah,” Katy B and Jessie Ware break down those expectations. The Aaliyah here is another girl on the dancefloor, one whose aura is so magnetic that that the two find themselves helpless: “Aaliyah, please/ This is green envy/ Why must you taunt me, girl?” Aaliyah, the singer, is referenced as a presence– not as a legendary R&B singer, but as the idea of something seemingly tangible but untouchable, so transfixing that it actually makes you envious and determined. That’s exactly what Aaliyah was, too, and it’s the one thing that Aaliyah revivalism often overlooks. –Pitchfork
“Aaliyah” is from the UK artist’s Danger EP. The 4 tracked featuring collaborations with Jessie Ware, Diplo, Geeneus, Jacques Greene, Iggy Azalea, Zinc, and Wiley. Stream and download the EP below.
Photo above of Aaliyah.