Thank Jhené for Aiko.
What a nice surprise.
The Chainsmokers’ long-awaited debut LP, “Memories…Do Not Open”, dropped today featuring collaborations with Florida Georgia Line, Coldplay and, rather unexpectedly, Jhené Aiko.
Aiko is one of the most prominent females in R&B due to her critically acclaimed solo releases and plenty of heavyweight features, from Kendrick to Drake, but before now she has never made a conscious effort to cross over to pop audiences.
“Wake Up Alone” is her first appearance on an electro-pop project and it is rather lovely; Aiko doesn’t sacrifice her honey vocals to digital engineering, instead her tone adds warmth to a potentially cold-sounding EDM midtempo.
I find the success of “Closer” absolutely baffling for many reasons but mainly for it simply not being a good song. Luckily for Jhené, “Wake Up Alone” is much better.