June 03, 2022 | 10:00 a.m.
After months of long anticipation and an early announcement in the wake of the new year, Dice Ailes has finally released their debut EP “Ladies First”. For anyone familiar with the Dice Ailes brand, one thing that stands out is its love for women; this same idea is spreading on the brand new project which…
After months of long anticipation and an early announcement in the wake of the new year, Dice Ailes has finally released their debut EP “Ladies First”.
For anyone familiar with the Dice Ailes brand, one thing that stands out is its love for women; this same idea is spreading on the brand new project which bears the eponymous name in their honor. An EP of this nature can only be deeply personal, and for Dice Ailes, you immediately begin to get a sense of its uniqueness and intentionality from the perspective. From the cover, which is minimalistic with a simple image that bears a staring gaze, the eyes are the first point of contact for fans to understand the different emotional feelings communicated in the music. And then the EP title text is handwritten by Dice Ailes himself because what better opportunity for every fan to have a digital Dice autograph.
When ‘Hold Me’ came out in February, Dice let us know the EP was on the way and we could start adjusting our expectations to what was to come with the Tiwa Savage-assisted record who threw the word intimacy at you. from the beginning Listen. Like, Hold Me, the other tracks that make up the Ladies First EP come from a place of personal experience. His strong affinity with female people made him vulnerable to a variety of encounters which he put into music to share with fans, and the odyssey of these emotions – from sex to love, betrayal and heartbreak are all split and explained throughout the tracks.
Leftside was born from memories of drunken nights of passion. It has such a catchy beat that would have you tapping your toes in harmony and nodding your head with its obscene lyrics that almost escape you. Rosalia talks about the context of desire; a feeling of longing, even begging, for a second chance. He enlists the help of Spanish rapper Kaydy Cain to fuel one of the verses as well as Grammy-winning Latina Rosalia, who makes a surprise exit on the track. Listening to Monica, what comes to mind first is love; the kind of sweet, easy, non-judgmental love. A love that envelops you and reassures you of security. This track was littered with words of comfort while asking for it back, showing us that love works best when it’s give and take.
The message of love continues on Zombie, a track with such simple yet seductive instrumentation where Dice tells a love story so intense it makes your head spin and loses sleep. With blocked ears and closed eyes, this piece brings back good memories and makes the strings of your heart vibrate. Pray As You Go is about unrequited and unequal love. However, he does not come from a place of bad thoughts, rather he sends good wishes and prayers. It’s a real struggle to listen to this track without feeling a little tight in your chest.
Being his very first project, from a career that spanned nearly a decade, it’s interesting that Dice chose to first talk about his relationships and some encounters he’s had with his girlfriends in the past, which, according to him, explains the title, evoking these “ladies first” before giving the album. And then the sincerity behind his creation is why the majority of the songs are mid-tempo so people can really listen, not just for fun but also to be drawn into his real-life experiences other than for the sake of it. flair of simply dancing. Nevertheless, you will not get bored listening to these tracks.
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