BANKS Simmers Over Shlohmo’s R&Beats on ‘Brain’
Two rising Los Angeles lights meet on aching new single
The onward march of the Wedidit gang continues as Los Angeles’ Shlohmo lends his production prowess to the latest offering from R&B up-and-comer BANKS. On “Brain,” the former’s trademark mix of damaged soul and purple-fied trap lays a strong foundation for the latter’s powerhouse vocals, which remain pop-strong even through intensely vulnerable moments. It’s a worthy follow-up to BANKS’ September London EP (see “This Is What It Feels Like”) that bodes well for both her upcoming tour, and Shlohmo’s in-progress album with singer Jeremih — one of SPIN’s 50 Albums You’ve Gotta Hear in 2014.