Here we are. A year and some change has passed since Tinashe's forthcoming album Joyride was meant to premiere. That's not to say the 24-year-old hasn't kept her name out there. In the last year, the "SuperLove" singer teamed up with Far East Movement for "Freal Love,"DaVido on "How Long," KDA on "Just Say", a remix of Britney Spears's"Slumber Party,", Tinie Tempah's "Text From Your Ex" and Lost King's "Quit You." To keep the creative juices flowing, Tinashe dropped a mixtape titled Nightride, a prequel to Joyride and deliriously underrated gem. But where's the album? That's the burning question, and we may have answers soon.
Tinashe just released her new song titled "Flame." She tapped Tricky Stewart (Britney Spears’ “Me Against The Music,” Rihanna’s “Umbrella,” Justin Bieber’s “One Time”) and The-Dream (Kanye West’s “Ultralight Beam,” Beyonce’s “Single Ladies”) for it. It's the most radio-friendly release she's ever put forth. While I usually find that strategy tireless and lazy, this is exactly the route Tinashe should go for now – attract a larger audience with the flamboyant hooks then tantalize them with bedroom indies later.
"Cold in the night when I hold you close," she sings over a colorful mid-tempo beat. "Searching your eyes but you're gone like a ghost / and I say baby you can put it on me / cause I know it don't make it easy / my body hurts with every heartbeat." Eventually, the songstress shows off her vocal chops with soaring oohs before dipping into the chorus. "Just say I'm not the only one / tell me that you still got the flame for me."
There's no telling when Joyride drops, but "Flame" is a great f--king start. Listen: