Future Brown ‘Room 302’ ft. Tink
If you haven’t noticed, Feminism is having a major moment in the music industry right now. Beyonce, Taylor Swift, Iggy Azalea Nicki Minaj… the list goes on. 2014 in the pop charts was dominated by women, with no clear male counterpart in sight.
One theme that sprung out of this ‘year of the woman’ was a definite and defiant display of female sexuality. It existed within all facets of the industry, ranging from Minaj’s bootylicious and somewhat polarising ‘Anaconda’ music video to the success of sensual provocateur FKA Twigs. And now we find it running rampant in super group Future Brown’s latest track ‘Room 302’, with Tink delivering a powerful, sexually charged jam about getting down in a hotel room.
Future Brown is the thrilling collaboration of J-Cush, Fatima Al Qadiri, Nguzunguzu’s Asma Maroof and Daniel Pineda. All established and innovative producers, the collab seeings the electronica producers skew their focus to r’n’b and hip hop. With track ‘Talkin Bandz’ already setting tongues wagging, ‘Room 302’ further solidifies anticipation that is growing surrounding the release of their debut album.
Cold, sci-fi beats interjected with oriental flourishes characterise the track. With trends in hip hop and r’n’b frequently relying on 90s revivalism, it’s refreshing to hearing a song that sounds like the future rather than the past. And if this is the sound of the future of r’n’b/hip hop than we can rejoice – because it sounds exciting as hell.
Tink offers up her dual talents in rapping and singing, and unlike many of her contemporaries, she flows from one technique to the other with confidence and ease. This is particularly apt for Room ‘302’, with her confidence, full-of-personality rap style suiting the attitude of the song.
‘Room 302’ is the coming together of the future of hip hop and r’n’b. Trust me. These talents are about the blow.
Words by Isabella Trimboli