Drunken texting is always a risky business, especially if the person on the receiving end happens to be an ex. It might seem like a great idea after a few rum and cokes, but chances are you’ll regret it in the morning. Just ask 19 year-old rising R&B starlet, Mahalia – whose latest single, Sober, is all about the perils of inebriated texting.

Over a chilled, boom-bap beat, Mahalia leaves her ex in no doubt that now she’s sobered up, she’s not interested. Produced by Maths Time Joy, the track has a real retro 90’s-R&B feel to it and is the perfect introduction to Mahalia’s smooth vocals.

Talking about the track, Mahalia explained “I’m one of those muppets who has a drink and lays everything out on the table in a messy text or call. Not one of my best qualities, but I wanted to write about it. I’ve been in a couple relationships where I just felt like I was so blinded by love, I couldn’t see what they were doing to me. Alcohol is the one thing that always brought my emotions to the surface. ‘Sober’ is about the wake-up. The realisation. That moment when you finally understand that it was all bullshit.”

Listen to Sober below and be sure to subscribe to the Mahogany Blog playlist on Spotify to keep up with all our favourite new releases.