by: Cameron DeFaria
Aug 10, 2021
333 arrives as Kentucky-born singer Tinashe’s first offering of the calendar year. Her third independent project since 2018’s Joyride, the 16-track collection traverses quite a bit of musical ground. The “2 On” singer has previously worked with electronic acts ZHU, KAYTRANADA, Cheat Codes, and Snakehips. So, it’s really no leap of faith for her to have enlisted some of these names, and others, on her latest independent album. However, when juxtaposed against singles that feature the likes of Jeremih and Kaash Paige, the Wax Motif, KAYTRANADA, and Kito-assisted records give the album notable sonic breadth.
333’s overall cohesiveness is wildly impressive when one considers the range of its collaborators. And yet, although it incorporates more electronic production, “Undo” with Wax Motif stands wonderfully, for example, next to Tinashe’s organically-produced collaboration with Compton-rapper Buddy, “Pasadena.” Tinashe’s fifth studio album represents the singer’s newfound creative freedom, as expressed in a recent Apple Music 1 interview with Zane Lowe. Stream 333 below.
Featured image: Dennis Leupold