6 Songs, 21 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Emotional, acoustic-led takes on pop hip-hop made Niykee Heaton a YouTube sensation, so it’s fitting that her debut EP marries a folk balladeer’s vulnerability with slinky R&B-leaning jams. “Sober” unspools an addict’s internal monologue over head-nodding beats. On “Bad Intentions,” a sweet vocal melody and lazy guitar licks belie the lyrics' story of self-sabotage. And as the kicky “Villa” proves, she can also conjure hedonistic fantasies. Like The Weeknd, Heaton aims to create a mood that’s both volatile and sultry.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Emotional, acoustic-led takes on pop hip-hop made Niykee Heaton a YouTube sensation, so it’s fitting that her debut EP marries a folk balladeer’s vulnerability with slinky R&B-leaning jams. “Sober” unspools an addict’s internal monologue over head-nodding beats. On “Bad Intentions,” a sweet vocal melody and lazy guitar licks belie the lyrics' story of self-sabotage. And as the kicky “Villa” proves, she can also conjure hedonistic fantasies. Like The Weeknd, Heaton aims to create a mood that’s both volatile and sultry.

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