It is hard to state boundaries or even define what is R&B today, but this song is definitely one of my favourite types. Three promising names of the new generation, Kali Uchis, Steve Lacy (of trip hop band The Internet) and Vince Staples are a powerful trio in “Only Girl”, a loungy love song that represents the best of what rhythm and blues can be when it adds modern elements to its soulful essence.
I love when so many different influences and environments are combined: in "Only Girl", there's Colombia (Kali), California (Vince) and New York (Steve), there's the old school jazzy R&B kind of vibe but in a modern arrangement.
Kali is, at the same time, the main flower and the one who receives the roses in this song. Her smooth voice balances the male vocals in the chorus singing that she’s “the only girl” for him.
The use of the drums is very interesting and, combined with the melodic synths, create a sexy and fluid atmosphere for the song – deliciously fit for a cozy situation.
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About the curator: Ana Clara Ribeiro
Music, art and entertainment have always played a big role in the life of Ana Clara Ribeiro. She grew up in Gurupi (an inland city in Tocantins, the youngest State of Brazil), listening to all kinds of music, reading, writing, watching stuff and connecting them to her personal beliefs and other ideas she read about.
As she became a lawyer and a writer, all the topics to which she is constantly exposed continued to give her insights about life, people and the universe, through the lenses of art.
Nowadays, when she isn’t analyzing lawsuits or producing content about Law, Marketing, Business or Music, she is certainly doing something related to her various personal and professional projects, always to the sound of a playlist as eclectic as her life.