Ambitious Londoner Elica Le Bon wears all the hats here and gives us a novel R&B/Pop/Hip-Hop hybrid, one that roils with dark, tightly wound, psychodramatic overtones. On “Crown,” Le Bon’s sexy, sinuous phrasing complements the music’s snakey, quasi-MidEastern vibe, where she’s a woman scorned, spitting fire at an ex. “Haunting” is fittingly titled, with its supple synth beats and textures that include an insanely imposing basstone. “I Get It,” like her other songs, is unusually structured and powered by the artist’s technically skilled and emotionally clenched vocals. She hasn’t quite nailed it yet, but Le Bon’s recordings suggest that she might be able to refine her style into something that is more tuneful and satisfying.
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Style: R&B, Hip-Hop, Alternative, New Age R&B