R&B singer Shola Ama was one of few women of colour representing on the UK charts in the nineties, alongside Des’ree, Gabrielle, Eternal, Jamelia and Shaznay from All Saints (all I recall at this moment). The north-west Londoner burst onto the scene with her top five charting cover of Randy Crawford‘s “You Might Need Somebody,” her 4x platinum-selling debut album Much Love, plus several other successful singles – namely garage anthem “Imagine” and featuring on UK dancehall artist Glamma Kid‘s “Taboo”.

Bringing it to current day, she has appeared on tracks via features here and there (Giggs “Blow” and Perempay & Dee‘s funky house jam “DJ Play”), but generally quiet, however this “Puppy Love” song? I’m liking. Authentic modern day lovers rock vibes as the beauty [yes, childhood crush. And teenhood. Ok, manhood too] sings a relate-able tale of borderline obsessive with a new lover. I know some females reading will nod in agreement with where she’s coming from on this one.

The Ooh Baby riddim EP on which this features, alongside cuts by legend Maxi Priest, rising starlet Lea-Anna plus others, can be previewed here and purchased here – out now through Necessary Mayhem.

Shola Ama – “Puppy Love”: