Baby-making R&B is a rarefied art form, if applied with subtlety. It’s deep, fleshly craft: the right record (and voice) can uncage your sexy like few other musical forms are able. Newcomer Tiffany Gouché (goo-SHAY) may be on her way to reigning in this genre. Gouché is a southern California native like soulful music-makers The Internet and Tay Walker. It all causes us to wonder if the tap water there is spiked with THC and moonshine or something, because the post-millennial R&B coming from the West is something potent.
Gouché calls the music she makes “vibe,” but you’ll probably just call it a new addition to your essential boots-knockin’ playlist. The knob-twiddling singer/producer has been on the West Coast indie scene for a good minute now, collaborating with fellow upstart Iman Omari and sharing the stage with free-spirited genre-benders Willow Smith, KING and Jesse Boykins III.
Fantasy was conceived in the privacy of Gouché’s imagination. Fantasy’s protagonist is a slick teaser, but she’s also generous with her lover, putting down her tightest verbal game full stop. Gouché’s rich alto is everywhere too: it can swoop up into a vocal run fit for the R&B gods, and then flatten out to create a sexy monotone croon. Rapper Casey Veggies is the lone feature on Fantasy—just a hint of spice that keeps the EP’s red-light aura in tact.
As we patiently await visuals for Tiffany Gouché’s Fantasy, we have her dance duo-centric video, “Can’t Touch The Water” to tide us over, in which she serenades two limber lovebirds.—Sun Singleton
Sun Singleton is a Northern Virginia-born singer/journalist based in New York City. Follow her on Twitter @sunsing.
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