After her previous single focused on hedonism and lack of direction in early adulthood, Stay This Way dives firmly into nostalgia.
The single marks a reflection on longing to turn back time, returning to a point which has passed. The track is filled with Afropop beats. Speaking about the track Zikai explains, “Stay This Way is about a time in my life that felt so simple and free. The song allows me to look back to a happy time that I never wanted to change. I wrote it two years ago, but it feels particularly relevant now.”
2020 saw Zikai release her debut seven track EP Make You Mine, with sounds drawing on cinematic soul, R&B, pop crossover and disco, whilst prominently incorporating African pop. She has also featured on Mullally’s Fire, co-wrote Hush for Yellow Claw and Weird Genius, and joined SVEA for a new take on Rihanna’s Don’t Stop The Music.