There’s nothing better than stumbling across a surprise, off-album single from one of your favorite artists. In this particular instance, I heard the smooth sound of SZA‘s Quicksand ring through my TV speakers during the season 2 Finale of Insecure (GREAT show, in case you’re in need of a new one)- and I raced to my phone to Shazam it. SZA’s lyrics are so clearly rooted in personal experience that it’s impossible to not feel a connection to them, and to play them out alongside the heartbreaking love story of Issa and Lawrence!! You can consider me completely hooked.
Check out SZA’s new single below, and if you dig it be sure to check out her debut album, Ctrl, and the Insecure Season 2 Soundtrack.
Felix Snow knows how to get the people dancing, and he doesn’t disappoint on his newest tune “Lies” with vocals by SZA. This duo has collaborated extensively in the past – Snow has produced a great deal of SZA’s work. However, much of their prior work has displayed a downtempo aesthetic that is nowhere to be found in “Lies”. On this newest offering Snow ratchets up the dance beats, and SZA sings like an unconstrained pop star. The result is breathtaking – SZA’s voice drips with reverb in the verses before snapping to attention in the chorus, while Snow’s production uses dotted synth lines and pulsing bass to keep the song grooving. Check it out below.