kehlani - "distraction" / by Zack Free

i was somewhat nervous about kehlani’s transition from scrappy young singer/songwriter to major label r&b star, but sweetsexysavage proved my anxieties groundless. her debut has a bounty of sparkling gems that showcase her mellifluous voice and rihanna-like swagger, but none are as fully realized as this one. it draws from the same seemingly inexhaustible well of 90s r&b influence that every up-and-comer worth their salt has dipped into (glittery keyboards, woozy synths and all), but it somehow comes across as more refreshing than it does derivative

 

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