With her series of singles (like "I Decided", especially the Freemasons remix) and album favorites (like "Dancing In The Dark" and Bilal assisted "Cosmic Journey") Solange made me seriously want more from her on the music front as she brought a sense of uniqueness to the R&B park. Solange has kept pretty quiet since '08 (save for the occasional guest-spot like on Theophilus London's mighty fine "Flying Overseas"), but really if you are a fashion-fiend like I am, you've been swooning over her stylish threads in various spreads and campaigns marking Solange's foray into the fashion world as an all-around win. Now Solange is back at the mic, and has uncorked the lovely "Losing You" --- a song that does so much, in the little space that it's provided.
Produced by Blood Orange's Dev Hynes, "Losing You" holds you in a suspended air of brisk 80's New Wave synths that are peppered with a backdrop of clap-trap rhythmic beats and the vocalist's melodic coos that have her drifting in a Jody Watley state of mind (Shalamar or solo --- the pick is really yours). Orange Julius creamy and frothy it all is as it steers off the beaten path of the moody down-tempos of current and instead opts to glide into a breezy mesh of pop and R&B that leads, not follows. In short: This song is just plain good.
The sweet whipped cream topper is the visual (which you can view after the cut), which is directed by Melina Matsoukas and shot on location in Cape Town, South Africa. Some are seeing snatched inspirations of Janet Jackson's "Got Til It's Gone" visual in it, but Solange's take on the vibrancy and style of the city's inhabitants doesn't really bite off that much. In fact, this video is a lot brighter, less message-heavy than Jackson's iconic visual, and still equally as engaging as we see Solange strut and frolic around a cast of vivid characters. So yes, Solange dot's all her 'i's' and crosses all her 't's' with her return, kicking things off for her next album to a delicious start.