Great single from 18 year old Atlantic signee Rayvn Lenae. She sounds so good against Steve Lacy's warm production, creating an eclectic song that blurs genre lines.BEST NEW TRACK
The Chicago singer-songwriter Ravyn Lenae is an R&B prodigy with a magical, high-pitched voice. The 18-year-old’s vocals have been a secret weapon for many of her hometown collaborators, including Mick Jenkins and Noname. On her latest solo single, the Steve Lacy-produced Sticky, she slips into her own version of bubblegum pop with a bite.
Sticky is a steamy affair with a slinky R&B beat, but Lenae sounds like a playfully annoyed lover, glued into a relationship that‘s falling apart. She uses Lacy’s wide-open production—electric organ and psychedelic guitar strums—to experiment with her vocals. Lenae delivers the boppy refrain—”What did you do?/Looking confused”—in a beautiful but piercing falsetto, then whispers promises to someone who clearly keeps breaking their own. The pacing mirrors all the frantic ups and downs of a teetering relationship, with Lenae storming around Lacy’s instrumental, changing her tone and her mind over and over again. Even through all this relationship drama, Lenae makes falling out sound very fun.
Plus can we talk about that single cover? Giving me major Aaliyah vibes (plus Toni's The Heat must have also been a reference, right?).