Currently in the midst of her second sold-out European tour, British rising star Mahalia has unveiled the video to accompany her latest offering, "One Night Only" featuring Kojey Radical. The opening track from her Seasons EP, the songstress exemplifies her innate musicality and intuitive sense of melody through its heartfelt lyrics, a proving testament of her natural gifts and signature style.
With a rhythmic nonchalance excruciatingly ethereal, coupled with sultry, lithe vocals, Mahalia fuses old-school soul and atmospheric synths for an alluring R&B pop track. The subtle yet crucial hums and reverbs is magnetic, showcasing her sonic dexterity in navigating mountainous soundscapes with ease.
Directed by Kalvadour Peterson, the video reflects the emotive reversal of the stereotypical casual-sex narrative, placing Mahalia as an all-encompassing figure of empowerment. The shimmering soulful production encapsulates the ambiance flawlessly, transposed frames exuding lucid intimacy. To really imbue empowerment, Mahalia recruited a group of real-life-friends who, throughout the visual, hold their head high and glow with confidence – all while Radical attempts to defend the male's perspective.
For Mahalia, Seasons and "One Night Only" was a particularly special thing. "I wanted to make something that felt relevant to where I’m at in my life right now," she explains. "I feel like no relationship is ever simple. It has its ups and downs. As a couple, you move through the seasons of your relationship together – each season having a different purpose. Starting with the first night. Into the honeymoon phase. Pushing through to a point when there’s a change that challenges you both. Maybe the other does something that surprises you. And then the final moments… When all you need is to know the other won’t give up. Validation. Clarity."