AUDIO MP3: Tinashe – Touch Pass

Listen to Tinashe’s “Touch Pass,” one of the livelier moments on her moody mixtape “Nightride.”

Tinashe’s JOYRIDE, her follow-up to her 2014 debut Aquarius, has been in the rollout stages for over a year now. After many excellent singles, there’s been no sign of the project, but this week, she surprised fans with NIGHTRIDE, which seems to be the precursor to the impending project. A return to her darker mixtape roots, the project plays like the more intimate side of the singer’s sound, presumably saving the poppier moments for the album proper.

While the majority of the project showcases Tinashe at her whispery R&B best, she introduces a little more movement on the second half of the LP with her singles, “Ride Of Your Life,” and “Party Favors,” as well as the danceable snap of “Touch Pass,” which recalls her more immediate hits “2 On” and “All Hands On Deck.” While providing one of the biggest beats on the album, Tinashe still keeps her vocal delivery delicate and restrained, keeping with the bedroom (both in subject matter and recording process) feel of her early material.

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