FLO’s meteoric career arc has landed them in the sights of a legend. Riding the wave of a BBC Sound of 2023 poll win and an upcoming U.S. tour, the refreshingly retro London R&B trio of Renée Downer, Jorja Douglas, and Stella Quaresma have teamed up with hip-hop royalty from across the pond to release an instant classic. “Fly Girl,” an empowered anthem out today (March 23), features a characteristically explosive verse from the one and only Missy Elliott, as well as a tongue-in-cheek sample of her 2002 mega hit “Work It.” The new track comes with a flashy visual treatment directed by Tajana Tokyo. Watch it above.
In statements to the press, FLO and Missy Elliott exchanged effusive compliments regarding their collaborative process.
“‘Fly Girl’ is all about confidence, good vibes and feeling your best,” FLO explained. “It’s a lively, feel-good song that still incorporates clever lyrics and fire vocals, if we do say so ourselves. It’s quite literally a perfect fusion of old school meets modern day R&B, with a nod to and feature from the original fly girl Missy Elliott herself. We love it and are so happy to be putting out a song that can hopefully make whoever plays it feel confident and most importantly, FLY.”
“Working with Flo has been nothing less than amazing,” Missy added. “I remember a few of their fans sent me clips of their performances, and I immediately felt the authentic ’90s vibe. I loved the fact they all sang lead so well — great vocal control — so when I was asked to be a part of the ‘Fly Girl’ record, it was a no brainer. They used the inspiration from my song ‘Work It,’ and I felt they did it justice. I enjoyed it and I believe they have a long, great career ahead of them.”