H33RA is back with his sophomore EP ‘Virgo II’, which feels like a walk-through London on a sunny bank holiday when windows are down, and parties are being had. The EP spans a number of genres, joining them together with neatness under the umbrella of R&B that H33RA himself calls “R&B & Other”.
‘Home’ and ‘Drive’ are both afrobeats influenced, and ‘My Baby’ is a love song with a bouncy drill bassline that H33RA describes as ‘R&Drill’. In ‘Under My Skin’, phrasing is similar to Drake and the sonic palette is comparable to The Weeknd, providing a sense of familiarity. Whereas ‘Sober‘ is a slowed-down bashment tune with Latin samples, and ‘Mami’ is short but sweet with a minimalist blend of guitar and vocals.
H33RA: “I still felt as if there was a side of my artistry and identity that I hadn’t showcased, with themes I was yet to explore. For me, it made sense to connect the records via a ‘sequel’ (Virgo II) which was slightly lighter in shade, had acoustic instruments throughout and lent itself to the more classic R&B sound I grew up on.”
With H33RA’s vocal prowess that consists of riffs, runs and autotune for effect, the entire EP is radio-ready, each track waiting for a place in the charts. H33RA name-checks Frank Ocean and The-Dream as influences and he possesses the same level of ambition. He’s already worked with MNEK (who H33RA co-wrote the EP with) and has been co-signed by Kehlani so it can’t be long before the rest of the world catches up.
‘Virgo II’ is out now on H33RA via DMY Artists.
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