Elle Varner was one of the most exciting artists to come through last year. Her single ‘Only Wana Give It To You’ which featured J. Cole was a great upbeat love song with an original concept.
Earlier this week she released her mixtape ‘Conversational Lush’ which has a great soulful vibe to it. ‘WTF‘ is the first song on the mixtape, it tells the story of a day from hell but finishes on a surprisingly upbeat note. It has a neo – soul feel to it with its smooth harmonies and very dreamy production.
‘ seems to sample Bill Withers’s ‘Lovely Day’ and Elle as always provides stunning vocals. Its definitely a track to get a little two step to.
The mixtape as a whole has a hip hop/ R&B feel to it. There are a lot of interesting things going on in all the tracks though I especially like the drum and base like drums used in parts of ‘Go‘ to add tension. It’s really effective and even detracts from the clichee subject matter of the song.
You should definitely have a listen to get yourself warmed up for the relaese of her album ‘Perfectly Imperfect’ later on this year. The breadth of emotion Ms Varner is able to convey with her voice is quite remarkable and considering she’s so young it is truly impressive. She’s definitely one to watch out for in future, and I for one will be keeping a close eye.
Click here to listen to ‘Conversational Lush’