Linking the decadent alt-R&B of The Weeknd to Aaliyah’s seductive cyber-pop, LA singer Tinashe’s debut rings with synthetic beauty. Lurid, crawling atmospherics led by beats and keys underpin the 21-year-old’s delicate vocals. ‘Cold Sweat’ is a spooky but sexy jam that slinks alluringly, while producer DJ Mustard brings minimalism to infectious neck-snapper ‘2 On’, featuring Schoolboy Q. Most impressive is break-up opus ‘Far Side Of The Moon’, whose shock of thumping beats and electronics would elbow a lesser vocalist out of the way. At 18 tracks, ‘Aquarius’ may be overstuffed (the ambient interludes offer little) but it’s an impressive statement that should elevate Tinashe far beyond the hype that has surrounded her mixtape releases so far.
Tinashe – ‘Aquarius’
Alternative R&B newcomer Tinashe impresses with spooky but sexy jams