“Queen & Slim” single
By Mike O’Cull www.mikeocull.com
R&B/Soul solo artist Hi Love delivers a stunning, melodic experience on her new single “Queen & Slim.” Taken from her recent EP Cold Wind, the track employs a sample from Kanye West’s “Bound 2” to create an environment suitable for showing off Hi Love’s epic vocal tone and phrasing. The lyrics tell a story about having an immediate and inevitable connection to someone to the point where you know you’re “bound to fall in love.” The production is wide open and fresh like springtime and the beats are funky and big. It touches on elements of 90s R&B and hip hop styles but ultimately channels a modern-day silky-ness that’s seductive and strong.
Hi Love is an exceptional vocalist and uses her talent and vision to communicate real, personal emotion on this cut. There’s no doubt that she’s writing about seeing her future standing right in front of her. She also layers harmonies like a boss and shows a deep sense of musicality few in this era can match. “Queen & Slim” is a commercial and creative smash waiting to happen. It’s a fine showing from a Chicago-based artist who has everything it takes to go global. Listen once and tell me I’m wrong.
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