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  • Summary: The latest full-length release from New York R&B artist Yaya Bey features a guest appearance by Exaktly and audio clips of her father, Ayub Bey aka Grand Daddy I.U.
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  1. May 10, 2024
    Though she made Ten Fold in part to “flee [her] sadness,” the music feels buoyant, spotlighting the transformation that happens underneath life’s unbearable weight.
  2. May 10, 2024
    A greater amount of collaboration notwithstanding, Ten Fold couldn't feel more personal, from the in-the-moment experiential songwriting to sampled and recorded appearances from her father, Juice Crew associate Grand Daddy I.U.
  3. May 15, 2024
    Masterful sequencing and economical writing (most songs are under three minutes) allow Bey to be as nimble as ever.
  4. May 10, 2024
    Bey channels the destabilising loss of her father and its attendant grief into something transcendent yet eminently relatable. ‘Ten Fold’, like the best journeying album, takes you along for the ride whilst serenading your anguish.
  5. May 10, 2024
    Although written in mourning, Ten Fold is just as free-ranging, and as catchy, as North Star.
  6. Mojo
    May 14, 2024
    As on her debut, beats are minimal, bordering on lo-fi, allowing Bey space to voice in meditative jazzy runs whose no- messing eccentricity strongly recalls primetime Erykah Badu. [Jul 2024, p.94]
  7. 80
    This is Bey’s talent as an instrumental storyteller; genres are sequenced and held for their parts, yet respected like caged animals. Organs are the sound of the beginning, pianos of a demise; a dance groove is the motion of the middle, and forthright attitudes are evergreen.

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