Part of Jhene Aiko’s charm is her distance, the cold vocals that make her sound appealingly above it all, even when singing so often about love and romantic heat. That's why it's so weird and interesting she chose to use her remote purr to narrate a redemption song about the very serious subjects of domestic abuse and drug dealing in her hometown of Los Angeles. It works somehow, even when it shouldn't. Casey Veggies has a short verse and takes the same tack, using his slow, slurry vibe to talk serious business. "In Love We Trust" will be on her upcoming album Souled Out, which she will put out independently. No release date yet.
Photographer BRANDON HERMAN