CURRENT: Phlo Finister – “Hotel Miami”


LA-based singer and stylist Elijah Finister records as Phlo Finister, creating hazy, sensual R&B that falls somewhere between Cassie and Jessie Ware. Her track “Hotel Miami” was first released in late 2012, but the song has been remastered and rereleased by Night Beach Records. Her past work as a stylist to Def Jam artists has suited her music career well, as the singer tinkers with a sound that is very much in line with the most popular R&B of today.

“Hotel Miami” begins with Finister asserting herself as the girl of your dreams, with her singing “I could be your call girl.” That brashness is leveed by her pleading, “Tell me you love me / Cause I don’t want to be alone. Kiss my so softly / Even though you do me wrong.” Even when she’s role playing she can’t mask her true feelings. “Meet me at the top floor / Room Twenty-Twelve,” she later coos during the chorus, a proposition made wholly irresistible by her impeccable delivery, which positions the singer as fully confident yet not bothered in the least if you decline the invitation. Someone else will surely step up to the plate.

Phlo Finister’s 2012 EP Poster Girl will be rereleased later this year via Night Beach Records.


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