CURRENT: Jessie Ware – “Tough Love”

Devotion, the debut album from Jessie Ware, was a refreshingly futuristic take on classic R&B, held together by Ware’s incredible vocals. On “Tough Love”, the first single from her forthcoming sophomore LP, Ware pushes her boundaries to unimaginable lengths, delving deeper into her vocal playbook than ever before. Her falsetto is a thing of beauty, and works flawlessly next to production from “Japanese teenagers” BenZel. (The duo is actually the work of mega-producer Benny Blanco and Two Inch Punch.) The two collaborated previously on the bombastic/understated Brownstone cover “If You Love Me”, but “Tough Love” takes the initial promise from their previous collaboration and turns it into a vital, compelling, original work.

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