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BANKS Simmers Over Shlohmo’s R&Beats on ‘Brain’

Two rising Los Angeles lights meet on aching new single

picture-18276-1372868632By: Chris Martins // January 29, 2014

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.