Get up in your ’80s-baby feels over Joyce Wrice’s visual, “Ain’t No Need.” The clip captures the look and feel of an ancient New Edition video. Director Alima Jennings went all out on this one—the static and glitches, geometric-shaped graphics and overall cable access realness of “Ain’t No Need” is so on-point that it initially sparked a quick, curious Wiki search to discover the whereabouts of this obscure singer from 1983.
Relive, or experience anew, that bygone music video era when a girl could lamp against her plastic chaise lounge, dial up her bae on a cell phone (the size and weight of a cinderblock) and just sing. L.A.-based newcomer Joyce Wrice delivers a funky, feathery vocal over a tight track that caught the golden ear of The Roots’s Questlove, who recently tweeted his admiration for the song on his page.
Produced by DJ Harrison and Mndsgn, Joyce Wrice’s “Ain’t No Need” deliciously updates a dubby ’80s electro-&-B vibe (reincarnated as chillwave in recent years), and it’s a catchy banger that’s calling your name.
Sun Singleton is a Northern Virginia-born singer/journalist based in New York City. Follow her on Twitter @sunsing.
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