It feels like a lot of hot minutes have clocked by since Goapele blessed us with Break Of Dawn, but that was 2011, and this is now. 2014 will have Goapele being Strong As Glass as her fourth album is on the come up, and she's already smashing doubt about it with the album's first single. Co-written with Estelle and Keith Harris, "Hey Boy" diverts away from her signature mellowness as Goapele goes for the roll and bounce of a spangly groover that is fit for a summer filled with lovey-doveiness and endless possibilities.
She merges in good company as the early '80s R&B revival has been in an upswing as of late, and "Hey Boy" perfectly captures the bygone era, adding in a little millennial steeze with some chopped n' screwed effects just to keep things interesting and dancing on the jagged edge. Goapele has already promised that Strong As Glass will be full of surprises, so consider this the first slice of awe.