Saturday, 30 April 2016

FRESH TRACKS: 5 sizzling new tunes speak to matters of the heart

TESSANNE CHIN – “Love Suicide”
Few Jamaican songstresses can use the voice to connect with us as deeply as Tessanne. Undoubtedly, this is one of her darkest singles to date (a slow-tempo jam that pacifies and provokes), but with her flawless treatment, she manages to make it resonate, with the reminder that love is many things but easy is never one of them. B+

SHERIETA – “The Last Time”
On this achingly beautiful track about a relationship gone bad, the talented chanteuse (who has penned hits for Romain Virgo and Etana, et al) delivers sturdy vocal work steeped in regret and heartache that shows off her impressive range and knack for crafting memorable lyrics and soothing melodies. Breakups can be messy, but this girl keeps it classy! B

MR. VEGAS – “Identify My Love”
No stranger to baring his feelings on record, the veteran crooner speaks to matters of the heart (with his signature mix of emoting and melodic riffs) on this regageton-inflected tune that’s alternately spiky and sentimental. The many moods of Mr. Vegas gets another lyrical showcase. B

DRAKE feat. Popcaan – “Controlla”
The best of both worlds – hip-hop and dancehall – find common ground on this decidedly slow-burning track off Drizzy’s freshly released new album, Views. The brothers tackle the complexities (highs and lows) of intimate relationships, yielding tuneful results. A bit on the sleepy side, but it wins you over all the same. B+

BEYONCE feat. Kendrick Lamar – “Freedom”
Reminiscent of early Beyonce (circa Album #1), this groovy mid-tempo jam (off Album #6) zones in on the emotional toll, not to mention the beauty of commitment, that it often takes to make a relationship work, sacrifices and all. As ever, B sounds awesome and the lyrics, at their best, are simplistically gorgeous. A-

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