Belong is the opening effort on Shelita Burke’s latest EP, Five. The track ties together 1990s dance, drum and bass, trip-hop, and pop into something that will immediately capture listeners’ attentions. Together is a trap-infused track that perfectly matches together bassy and deep instrumentation with a set of vocals that build off of the framework established by Bjork, Jess Glynne, and Ingrid Michaelson. The two distinct sides of Together create an incredibly deep composition that will require fans to spin the single numerous times before hearing every nuance that has been included.
Waiting is a wonderfully upbeat composition that shines with vibrant synths, as hints of Tori Amos and Ellie Goulding make themselves known. The eclecticism of the songs on the Five EP is unmatched; fans of a wide array of styles will be able to find something that they can appreciate. An unspoken hero is the production here; the sheer depth of sounds experienced here would be downright chaotic if there wasn’t a masterful hand behind the dials. What results with the Five EP is nothing less than impressive. Over keeps fans interested as it includes a hint of R&B styling; the sleek, sultry sound of the cut will resound with listeners long after the EP has ceased to spin.
Words is the concluding statement on Shelita Burke’s Five EP, and it ends the release emphatically. There is a very intense and driven sound that is laced through the song, while Burke’s vocals provide fans with an additional bit of autobiography. Few EPs are able to tell such a detailed story, but as one moves into Words’ drop, one has to wonder if Burke has told every story. I am confident that there will be volumes more of this narrative that will be eagerly devoured by fans on follow-ups to the Five EP.
Top Tracks: Together, Waiting
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