The rise of Justine Skye, at least in online circles, has been meteoric. And why shouldn’t it have been? In this post-Tinashe world, she along with Kehlani are properly flying the flag for modern, kick-ass R&B that has just as much a foot in the traditional as well as forward-thinking trends.
Emotionally Unavailable, then, continues that breeze of fresh air that Skye represents. We’ve already discussed the merits of tracks like Bandit and the Vic Mensa feature I’m Yours, but whatever Skye puts her mind – and voice – to turns golden. Her saccharine sound drips across the 90s-style balladry of Sugarcoated, and EP highlight Don’t Worry shows she can do a pop-lean as much as anyone.
After a series of drip-fed online tracks and consistent buzz, it’s warming to see Skye rewarding our faith (and her own talent) with an EP that’s a joy to listen to. There are stumbling points for sure – On & On and Anticipation we could do without, given how they really milk the trap-led beat-flex we hear so often these days – but everything else lands with perfection. She might claim to be emotionally unavailable on this release, but we’ve never been more open to a clear new star like Justine Skye.
Emotionally Unavailable by Justine Skye can be ordered here.