Last month, Los Angeles native Adanna Duru released her debut EP, ‘Stardrive’. Produced with Grammy Award winning production duo, Wiidope, and Dauman Records’ burgeoning producer Nick Jameson, the EP features guest appearances from fast-rising Houston rapper John Ibe and fellow Los Angeles singer and songwriter Julius.
Clocking at just over 30 minutes, Adanna’s ‘Stardive’ EP will hold your attention from start to finish. Not just with her captivating vocals, but also with her honest songwriting. ‘Atlantis’ and ‘Stardrive’ are about overcoming her depression, while ‘Tape’ is about an 8 year obsession with a childhood crush.
‘Stardive’ opens with the Wiidope produced lead single ‘Atlantis’; which is a lush and captivating electronic R&B offering. Adanna sings poignantly about how her faith in God helped her overcome depression in 2016. The record then enters into its own with ‘Fingertips’, a sultry slow jam backed by an 80’s inspired synth-heavy bassline and lush drums.
Other highlights on the 7-track EP include the 80’s Funk-inspired ‘Tony’, which features an instrumental interlude that perfectly closes out the track. The moody and atmospheric ballad ‘Are You Gonna Call’, and the acoustic yet complex, title track ‘Stardive’, continue the narrative about her journey. But, it also offers some uplifting words about trusting in the ambiguity that is your future. And, finding a new level of contentment.
Together, these songs make for a captivating debut. Speaking about the inspiration for ‘Stardive’, Adanna said, “I always told myself that I wanted my debut record to be released when I had millions of fans and a major label backing me. But things don’t always go as planned. I worked so hard to get this EP recorded. I am very blessed to be able to put it out. This was the perfect debut EP for me”.
She continued to said that “everything I’ve had up until this point is a manifestation of something I told myself at a very young age. I am 20 years old and I have to scramble for everything I currently have in music. There’s a lot I owe to my mother. Without her support, I wouldn’t have the luxury of doing any of these things. This EP is just a tiny part of my autobiography. It’s raw, it’s honest, it’s dark, it’s fun, it’s me. I’m just really happy with this entire record, and I hope people like it”.