The party’s over. Tinashe has put away her party favors and is ready to let her guy know how she’s feeling. “Player” is the first official single off of Tinashe’s upcoming sophomore effort Joyride and it’s major! Produced by Lukas Loules (Carly Rae Jepsen’s “I Didn’t Just Come Here To Dance”) and Alexander Kronlud (Demi Lovato’s “Cool For The Summer), “Player” has Tinashe in her performing element as she effortlessly lends her vocals to the dance heavy, pop tinged single. Whenever I see Tinashe kill performances of “All Hands On Deck” or “2 On” I wish she had more songs that reach that level of energy so she can really show off what she can do.
“Player” starts off slowly, letting the ‘Aquarius’ songstress’s vocals build up with the song adding a few twinkling synths for the pop effect. By the time the hook hits, the bass is relentless giving the song an infectious beat, contributing to the all-out party that “Player” becomes as it keeps going. Chris Brown features on “Player” and sounds great alongside Tinashe. 2015 has not been lacking in Breezy features and I could see “Player” being a dope music video or live performance with the two artists performing backgrounds.
Whether you became aware of Tinashe through her DJ Mustard assisted turn up anthem “2 On” or her four mixtapes (In Case We Die, Reverie, Black Water, Amethyst) you know that Tinashe doesn’t confine herself to one sound. While Aquarius was full of solid tracks I still go back to, the debut album felt like it was missing more performance tracks. Songs that woulld not only showcase her vocals but her ability to dance and entertain a crowd. Max Martin, Dr. Luke, Dev Hynes and Boi-1da are only a couple of producers that Tinashe has enlisted for this album. With a production list like this and a focused direction, I’m definitely ready to go on this joyride.
“I have so many sides to me and things that I want to represent. Working with all of those producers is a search to be versatile and being versatile.”
“A big part of it was the focus going into it, which was that we weren’t going to make a lot of songs, and it wasn’t going to be so experimental. We definitely knew what we wanted going in, and we were a lot more efficient in achieving it.”
Quotes from Brittany Spanos, Read more from her Rolling Stone article: HERE
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