Review: Ravyn Lenae shines on Steve Lacy backed project ‘Crush’
As reported at the start of this year, Chicago’s Ravyn Lenae is one to watch. Following two critically acclaimed EP’s, signing to Atlantic Records and appearing on SZA‘s current CTRL tour, the red-haired talent is ready for a fulltime spotlight of her own. Choosing to take her career to new heights, Ravyn teamed with Steve Lacy for a collaborative EP titled Crush.
The five-track set dropped yesterday (February 9th) and included the standout single Sticky, which Ravyn performed on TRL this week. The set see’s the singer in a mature yet unique setting as Steve Lacy places her in his universe of euphoric funk.
The NightSong is evidently the EP’s standout record (besides Sticky). The track is the most versatile, in terms of highlighting Ravyn‘s full vocal. On top of this Steve‘s ambient and bass-heavy production coats, the Atlantic signee and almost soothes the listener’s ears.
Another shocker comes in the form of the EP’s closer 4 Leaf Clover. The guitar-heavy production aids the pair as they push and pull across the various verses uncovering their insecurities in the realm of a relationship.
“What I gotta do to give in to you // I just don’t want what we got to be over”
Both Steve and Ravyn sing across the chorus. This record is instantly vintage and transports its audience to an 80’s whirlwind of fear. Still, it feels good for the three minutes and seventeen seconds and almost like a sense of high (predominately down to the production). More importantly, Ravyn at this point highlights her transition into a grown and triumphant female R&B vocalist. It’s this song here that ties in any loose ends that may have been placed on the Chicago native prior.
Crush was always going to be an interesting collaborative effort. The real question was always whether Steve could mold an already impressive Ravyn into a poised R&B act even more ready for success, and for Ravyn, the test was whether she could challenge Steve Lacy‘s production and soundscape choices, and even elevate them. The pair both manage to take their audience to cloud nine and by the end of the set, you’re left full and satisfied by an audio three-course meal. A win for both parties involved.
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