Whether or not you know Starrah as a vocalist, you’re likely very familiar with her music. The L.A.-based songwriter has had her hand in countless hits over the last two years, including Rihanna’s “Needed Me,” Drake’s “Fake Love,” three songs from Travis Scott’s Birds In The Trap Sing McKnight and FIVE from Calvin Harris’ Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1.
At some point, she met up with Diplo, and the two wrote the music that has now become the Starrah x Diplo EP. The project includes pre-release singles “Swerve” and “Imperfections.” Diplo explained how it all came together in an interview with Zane Lowe earlier this year.
“I did a whole EP with Starrah. It’s coming out on Mad Decent. I’m really happy with it,” he said. “She’s one of my favorite voices. Did like 5-6 songs with her.”
Before the release of their joint EP, the two collaborated on “Know No Better,” a Major Lazer single featuring Travis Scott, Quavo, and Camila Cabello. “I had written the record with Starrah, and I was like ‘yo this is perfect for Travis,'” he said. “Originally it was a trap beat. We were at Coachella last year, we just wrote the piano line. It was a hip-hop record. I wrote a lot of stuff like that with Starrah. Me and King Henry wrote the beat. We wrote a trap song.”
While Starrah began her career making rap and R&B records, her work with Diplo reflects a jump into electronic pop. “Starrah just kills those [trap] records,” said Diplo. “Records like ‘Needed Me’ or ‘Pick Up The Phone.’ She just had a great verse on it. I was like ‘this is great but there are so many trap records. how do we make something bigger?’ So we always con Starrah into making house records now.”
The 5 track EP is available for stream across all major streaming services. If you’re a fan of Starrah’s vocals, make sure to check out the video for her early single “Rush.”