Soulful Sounds: Melina Malone Releases Debut Album ‘Aphrodite’

GLOBAL RELEASE—Hailed as ‘one of the finest voices in Ireland’ by GoldenPlec, Melina Malone, a Dublin-born Irish-Greek R&B artist, has made an indelible mark on the Irish music scene through her captivating performances and collaborations with esteemed Irish artists like Mango X Mathman, Zaska, Booka Brass, Glasshouse Music, and Irish Women In Harmony.

Drawing inspiration from Neo Soul legends like Erykah Badu and Jill Scott, as well as contemporary talents like Amber Mark, NAO, and RAYE, Malone’s debut album ‘Aphrodite,’ set to launch on October 6th, embraces these influences while infusing elements of Bossa Nova and 90s R&B, aiming to redefine the landscape of Irish R&B.

Image Courtesy of Melina Malone.

Her recent singles, including ‘Lovers Sunday,’ Tru Luv,’ and ‘Naive,’ have earned widespread acclaim and airplay on platforms such as RTE 2FM, BBC1xtra, 98 FM, FM 104, BBC Introducing, Nialler9, Goldenplec, IMRO, Noctis Magazine, Ones to Watch, and more, along with prominent placement on Spotify Editorial playlists like ‘A Breath Of Fresh Eire,’ ‘Fresh Finds UK & Ire,’ and ‘LED Lights.’

According to Malone, “While crafting this track, I delved deeply into the depiction of women in Greek mythology and their resonance in contemporary society. ‘Aphrodite’ is an embodiment of female empowerment, echoing the perceived threat it poses to patriarchal norms. Tales of figures like Medusa, Pandora, and Circe came to mind. Although it may appear ethereal and sweet on the surface, its essence harbors a darkness that’s not immediately evident. I relished the process of constructing a multi-layered narrative within this composition.”