‘On Repeat’ is VIBE’s R&B Reporter Mya Abraham’s New Music Friday column. Every week, she covers one R&B tune or album that has essentially the most replay worth heading into the weekend (however don’t fear, she’s additionally received a roundup of honorable mentions under).
In 2018, Ant Clemons rose to prominence after Kanye West interpolated his monitor “Pootie Tang” on “All Mine.” Capitalizing on the momentum, the New Jersey-bred crooner launched his debut album, Blissful 2 Be Right here, which garnered a Grammy nomination in 2021. Now, the 30-year-old is again with a teaser within the type of a 4-track, 12-minute EP titled 4Play.
Whereas some followers really feel there isn’t sufficient traditional-sounding R&B floating within the airwaves, Clemons delivers a lo-fi, modern, soulful venture that takes foreplay past the bed room. The Brian Kennedy & James Fauntleroy-produced opener, “Sticks & Stones,” is a subtly horny ballad that particulars the erotic positions Clemons wish to have his woman in with out overtly saying so. Within the tune’s chorus alone—”4 level 5 occasions two/ That’s the place I’m tryna go/ Whatchu you holdin’ out for, holdin’ out for?/ Two hand, love handles, I’ve been informed”— it’s all there, the weather of traditional R&B.
Again within the day, explicits weren’t wanted to make some extent when it got here to love-making. Clemons reminds followers of that intelligent, understated poetry with out his desires getting misplaced in translation. “Head Over Heels” echoes the notion of wanting the one you’re with to not be for the streets. The singer begs, “Women such as you shouldn’t be losing time/ ‘Trigger who received time to simply waste time?” But, his situationship isn’t able to advance.
Later, he whispers on “In Between” in regards to the need to do exactly that—get in between, however not in a home-wrecker means. Neither distance nor noise are viable obstacles as a result of the tip objective stays the identical. “Come out up your consolation zone quickly as you get comfy/ You gon’ come once more, come once more, time and again,” he sings. This standout monitor is the epitome of foreplay and ties the venture collectively. Wrapping the venture is the Eric Hudson-produced “Come With Me.” The calm bass, curiously, reminds of D’Angelo’s “Untitled (How Does It Really feel),” although Clemons’ monitor is a little more uptempo and isn’t as blatantly sexual. As he says, he’s enjoying for retains, however the need could be very a lot evident.
With 4Play being a literal teaser, it’s the right venture to have on repeat throughout the weeks resulting in Valentine’s Day.
Take a look at another notable R&B releases from this week’s New Music Friday under: