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REVIEW: Justine Skye Takes Pop Music To New Heights With ‘Ultraviolet’

New Music Friday

If Beyoncé is “the Queen”… then Justine Skye must take after royalty. The newest addition to the Roc Nation family shows there is much more to her than just her taste in designer clothing or her outspoken “devil may care” attitude with the release of her full-length studio debut, Ultraviolet.  

justine-skye-ultravioletThe 22-year-old songstress from Fort Greene, Brooklyn, is out to show that she has the vocal talent necessary to top the charts. Ever determined she was first signed to Atlantic Records in 2013, and in just two years time had already notched more than two million views on YouTube.

Following her performance at Jay-Z’s TIDAL 10X20 concert at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, she signed a deal with Roc Nation in 2016 with plans for her major label debut.

Ultraviolet opens with “Wasteland” an intense pop song that sounds somewhat akin to early Rihanna, on this infectious new banger from producer Austin Powerz. The album continues with “Goodlove,” a pop-rap crossover from Grammy Award-winning producer Frank Dukes featuring a special guest appearance from Canadian rap artist, PARTYNEXTDOOR.

The lead single “U Don’t Know” was released back in September 2016 in preparation for her highly anticipated debut. It is a rather relatable track about feelings of uncertainty featuring Nigerian-born rapper Wizkid over an inspirational electronic backdrop from producer Chris Loco.

Skye later released two more singles, “Don’t Think About It,” written by British neo-soul songwriters, Raye & RØMANS, and “Back for More” featuring Jeremih who jumps in on this soulful rap melody about lusting after a former lover.

“Lil Boy” is another noteworthy track for its unapologetic message about strong, independent women. Even though Skye is not what anyone would consider a “controversial” musician, she once got major media attention for kneeling during “The National Anthem” at a Brooklyn Nets basketball game. However, she is the type of artist who stands up for what she believes, which she proves on the track co-written by Puff Daddy’s young prodigy, Glenda “Gizzle” Proby, and platinum-selling producer Hit-Boy.

The album saves the “Best for Last,” wrapping things up with this melodic trap heatseeker produced by composer/songwriter Jesse Wilson and Dwayne Washington.

Stacked up against her earlier EPs, Justine Skye’s first full-length studio album takes it to the next-level with a much more direct Pop/R&B sound that is destined for future success.

RATING: 5/5

STREAM: JUSTINE SKYE – ‘ULTRAVIOLET’

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