I was delighted to find out that in 2019 my favorite provider of slow jamz, Tinashe, finally sorted out her record label woes and released an excellent new album. As much I enjoyed that, it doesn’t quite compare to Nightride, the record she recorded ‘on the side’ and released against her label’s wishes in 2016. It seems that records companies want Tinashe to make generic pop music and get sexy in videos, seeing her on the same level as C-List pop singer/exotic dancers like Nicole Scherzinger. Tinashe, on the other hand, sees herself as a hip-hop Sade. I just made that last part up, and I have no way of knowing where the singer really wants to position herself, but it’s not entirely wrong. There’s a position open for an R&B crooner with some edge.

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