For every crossover smash in Tinashe’s catalog (like 2014’s massive “2 On”), there’s a dozen slinky experiments that are way too weird for pop airwaves. In the decade since her breakthrough mixtape, 2013’s murky Black Water, the former teen actor and girl-group member has resisted the path to rote R&B stardom and opted for the road less traveled, dabbling in moody downtempo or twitchy breakbeats when she pleases. On BB/ANG3L, her third release since going independent in 2019, the singer counters the fun, flirty “Needs” (as in, those things that turn humans into simps) with left-field tracks like “Tightrope,” which could be a long-lost deep cut from Janet Jackson’s The Velvet Rope.

Select a country or region

Africa, Middle East, and India

Asia Pacific


Latin America and the Caribbean

The United States and Canada