Hear Jessie Ware's 'Tough Love,' the First Taste of Her New Album

Unflashy BenZel-produced track raises anticipation for 'Devotion' follow-up

Hear Jessie Ware's 'Tough Love,' the First Taste of Her New Album
Jessie Ware sings of "Tough Love" Photo by Getty Images
Chris Martins WRITTEN BY
Chris Martins

Though it's only been two years since Jessie Ware's Devotion crossed our desks, it feels like longer — the London singer and songwriter helped usher in a major R&B revival that's been advancing ever since, so it only seems fair that she have a hand in shaping it further. Below you can hear "Tough Love," the first song from her next album, which is being produced entirely by BenZel (remember their cover of Brownstone's "If You Love Me"?). It's a pleasantly unflashy track that finds Ware unspooling falsetto'ed excellence over a warm, soft-focus cut that wouldn't sound lost on a Blood Orange album. For more of what she's been up to of (sort) late, we heard "True Believers" late last year, and Julio Bashmore's "Peppermint" before that.

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