[staff spinz] Solange, "Losing You"

From our latest feature in today's print edition of the Phoenix Staff Spinz highlights what we're playing these days in our newsroom...

SOLANGE "Losing You" [Terrible Records] -- When we caught Blood Orange at this year's SXSW, it felt like a euphoric rush of sex amongst a hybridized wave of indie rock. Here he's teamed with the also sultry Solange for a dose of R&B that's likely to deliver a similar libido shock to the current influx of FM bubblegum ratchet pop. Perpetually trapped in big sis Beyoncé's shadow -- nothing to be ashamed of there -- "Losing You" isn't likely to change anything in that regard for Solange. But like Philip Sherburne pointed out in his rather excellent take on the track for Spin, if this thing hits, the impact could be greater on a far more substantial scale.

I haven't turned on a radio in about two years. Not for any reason other than my deep seated fear of what I suspect is ruling the airwaves at the moment: A whole lot of domestic abusers running around like MJ gone off a pill and faux-satanists acting all crrraaayyyyzzz over the dubstep. It sucks. And the recent influx of EDM invading our shores is certainly to blame. But being the blanket term that it is, electronic dance music doesn't necessarily have to incite frenzy to be incorporated within our popular music. Example 1A: "Losing You." It's entirely sensuous and more likely to have you feeling yourself too damn much on the dancefloor than punching the air in some sort of demonic fratboy exaltation. It piggybacks a bit off a very specific Ibiza-centric sound, pioneered by Jamie Jones, Benoit & Sergio, and the like. Fully competent producers within their own pockets of house music, if they ever happen to wash their way upon our shores in a manner that's even a remote sliver of what we experienced via ‘The Great Dubstep Explosion of 2K11,' we could be in store for a seismic shift -- a very special, very necessary seismic shift.

Shot in South Africa, the video for Solange's track is embedded below. Tell your friends.

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