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Soul - Verschenen op 1 januari 2006 | Universal Music Division Mercury Records

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Soul - Verschenen op 7 oktober 2013 | Universal Music Division Mercury Records

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R&B - Verschenen op 31 januari 2020 | Wagram Music - 3ème Bureau

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Her label originally suggested an album of covers, but Ayo has too many personal things to express to accept such an offer. Perhaps relics of this original idea, three pre-existing songs are nevertheless present on the track list of this fifth album from the German-Nigerian singer: Né quelque part by Maxime Le Forestier, Throw It Away by Abbey Lincoln and Fool’s Gold by the late Lhasa. The artist who made a name for herself in 2007 with her hit Down On My Knees casts aside the folk guitar that she seemed so inseparable from previously, in order to focus on her voice, which is lit up by Freddy Koella’s stripped back arrangements. Ayo transports her clear vocals and warm interpretations to the core these infinitely delicate songs (Rest Assured, with its hesitant piano), tender and sensitive (Fix Me Up and its bluesy guitars), but also sometimes groovy (Afro Blue, which only features a cymbal and a pizzicato double bass). Among some other gems of the album are some slower retro tracks (Just Like I Can’t) and a surprising piece which blends rhythmic reggae and nostalgic jazz (I’m in Love). At the crossroads between soul and folk, Ayo’s graceful, sensitive and intimate melodies make you glad she chose to offer up some original tracks. © Nicolas Magenham/Qobuz
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R&B - Verschenen op 6 oktober 2017 | AYO

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Soul - Verschenen op 1 januari 2007 | Universal Music Division Mercury Records

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Soul - Verschenen op 29 september 2008 | Universal Music Division Mercury Records

Though she comes from Nigerian and German roots, songbird Ayo records her albums in English. On her second album, she continues something of an eclectic approach to songwriting, layering vulnerability and strength upon one another in her vocals and following a relatively bare compositional structure. Combined with a short, almost-live recording process, the sound is at least somewhat spontaneous, seeming to have moments of improvisation mixed into the finished result. When she's on, as in the exquisite "Maybe (Ayo Blues)," she has a Tracy Chapman quality to her sound, carrying an excellent blues feel and a bare voice that runs over with emotion, and that trademark mix of vulnerability and strength. When she's less on point, as in the reggae-infused "Get Out of My Way," or the pitchy "Better Days," the show is a little less enticing. It's a little hit and miss, but Ayo's got a lot of spunk in her sound and a lot of embers burning quietly away. As a sophomore effort, Gravity at Last puts on a good show and points to even better things as she develops further. © Adam Greenberg /TiVo
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Soul - Verschenen op 7 maart 2011 | Universal Music Division Mercury Records

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Featuring an impressive array of guest musicians including Lenny Kravitz guitarist Craig Ross and David Bowie bassist Gail Ann Dorsey alongside collaborations with Matthieu Chédid and U.S. hip-hop poet Saul Williams, Billie-Eve sees Nigerian-German singer/songwriter Ayo extend her eclectic repertoire with a more rock-based, live-oriented sound. Named after her daughter, the follow-up to 2008's Gravity at Last features the single "I'm Gonna Dance" and a cover version of the Jackson 5's "I Want You Back." © Jon O'Brien /TiVo
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Soul - Verschenen op 7 oktober 2013 | Universal Music Division Mercury Records

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Soul - Verschenen op 29 september 2008 | Universal Music Division Mercury Records

Though she comes from Nigerian and German roots, songbird Ayo records her albums in English. On her second album, she continues something of an eclectic approach to songwriting, layering vulnerability and strength upon one another in her vocals and following a relatively bare compositional structure. Combined with a short, almost-live recording process, the sound is at least somewhat spontaneous, seeming to have moments of improvisation mixed into the finished result. When she's on, as in the exquisite "Maybe (Ayo Blues)," she has a Tracy Chapman quality to her sound, carrying an excellent blues feel and a bare voice that runs over with emotion, and that trademark mix of vulnerability and strength. When she's less on point, as in the reggae-infused "Get Out of My Way," or the pitchy "Better Days," the show is a little less enticing. It's a little hit and miss, but Ayo's got a lot of spunk in her sound and a lot of embers burning quietly away. As a sophomore effort, Gravity at Last puts on a good show and points to even better things as she develops further. © Adam Greenberg /TiVo
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Soul - Verschenen op 12 juni 2006 | Universal Music Division Mercury Records

Blending equal amounts of Sade's cocktail-lounge take on world music, Jill Scott's dignified neo-soul and Corinne Bailey Rae's sunny AAA pop, the debut album by German singer/songwriter Ayo sounds like it will be a mainstay in middle-of-the-road coffee houses for years to come. The daughter of a Roma gypsy mother and Nigerian father, Ayo Ogunmakin makes exactly the sort of polite, low-key, largely acoustic pop-soul that's a mainstay of a certain mature, well-heeled demographic; indeed, a live Ayo performance recorded in Monte Carlo was a popular PBS special in late 2007. But while all that implies a certain inoffensive blandness, Ayo's a genuinely talented singer/songwriter, with a malleable voice that swings easily from the helium-pitched wispiness of the gentle bossa nova "And It's Supposed to Be Love" through the Tracy Chapman-like murmur of "What Is Love?" to the assertive, soulful strength of "Letter by Letter." While there are occasional missteps like the utterly forgettable reggae cop "Only You," Ayo's songwriting is refreshingly free of the earnest self-importance of many similar artists, trafficking neither in exhibitionist emo-porn nor the sort of vague sub-Bob Marley moralizing that's the usual province of dreadlocked white guys in hemp shorts. Joyful may not be the most exciting debut of 2006, but it's a satisfying example of a subgenre that all too often goes wrong. © Stewart Mason /TiVo
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R&B - Verschenen op 15 oktober 2019 | Wagram Music - 3ème Bureau

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Ambient - Verschenen op 12 juni 2020 | Sofa Beats

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Pop - Verschenen op 30 november 2020 | AYO

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R&B - Verschenen op 28 juni 2017 | AYO

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Soul - Verschenen op 1 januari 2006 | Universal Music Division Mercury Records

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Soul - Verschenen op 21 november 2006 | Universal Music Division Mercury Records

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Soul - Verschenen op 22 november 2004 | Eclectic Breaks

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