Written by Rahoul Naik
London born R&B songstress, Althea, returns to our playlists with new single, Waitin’ Up.
At just 21 years of age, British singer, songwriter and musician Althea already has two well received and acclaimed EPs to her name with 2016’s See My Vision and Cold Thoughts from earlier this year, which have seen the East London native garner strong support from Wonderland Magazine, The 405, Rinse FM and MOBO Awards.
As she gears up for her third project, which is due for release in 2018, Althea has switched it up a little for her latest effort. Typically known for her lush minimalist R&B songs, Waitin’ Up sees Althea deliver an infectious, soulful and upbeat Caribbean flavoured offering, while continuing to showcase her captivating vocals and forward-thinking R&B sensibilities, with production coming from frequent collaborator Day-O.
Speaking about how the new single came about, Althea says, “‘Waitin’ Up’ was a really fun song to make, I was in the studio with Day-O, and we were just vibing and bouncing ideas around the room, and once we had the beat down, the lyrics all flowed out and it came together really naturally. The record is essentially about me playing hard to get with someone who’s keen to see and be with me, and really trying to find out just how much they’re into me”.
You can really hear the change in sound from Althea, which only shows her strong musical diversity and ability to play to a number of audiences. We can most definitely hear the Drake ‘Take Care’ era influence towards the end with the breakdown sounding melodically similar and it is something we SO need back in our lives!
If you’re into sexy R&B, late night vibes and all of that jazz, Althea’s new single is for you.
Listen to it below: