From the artist's Facebook page
Chicago R&B singer Ravyn Lenae
dropped her debut EP, heavenly Moon Shoes
, in 2015, and six of its eight tracks had beats by eclectic producer Monte Booker—one of her comrades in local hip-hop crew Zero Fatigue, which also includes idiosyncratic rapper-singer Smino. Booker has also provided the instrumental backbone for much of Lenae's otherworldly work since then, and last year she appeared on Smino's breakout debut album, Blkswn
. Her creative relationships with Smino and Booker have made it difficult for me to imagine her music outside the context of Zero Fatigue.
But for her brand-new EP, Crush
, Lenae branched out, teaming up with Los Angeles-based producer and guitarist Steve Lacy—he's a member of Odd Future-affiliated R&B group the Internet
, and he produced "Pride" for Kendrick Lamar's Damn
. Lacy's rich production lends Lenae's music a tactile earthiness, and on "The Night Song" (one of my favorites) he complements her angelic vocals with tasteful, minimal guitar strumming and pitter-pattering hi-hat.