Austin, TX's Mélat fits in well with a slew of young R&B upstarts taking things into their own hands in the shadow of a thriving independent rap scene. She's been self-releasing singles and tapes for about a year, with a soft spot for early-aughts pop production styles that recall bubblegum soul like Mya and Amerie. "Sexy Us" lifts a Jay Z line, and the Ethiopian singer's voice fills the Robbie Anthem beat earnestly. It's a song about "that feeling you get when you look at him/her and think, 'Damn, this is right. Damn, we look good together,'" she told The FADER via email. Mélat's It Happens So Fast EP drops July 15th.
July 01, 2015