It is hard not to feel excited heading into Honey Larochelle‘s music, knowing that she was mentored by none other than the R&B goddess Roberta Flack herself, and that her mother toured with Marvin Gaye. Her debut album was an edgy mix of soul, R&B, hip-hop and reggae and now with Hijack, she returns with trap and EDM added to her arsenal.
Opening with the title-track, Honey gives us a strong dose of catchy trap music packed with rattling hi-hats and explosive beats. Her voice is seductive and powerful, and is backed by her equally charming songwriting. The track that follows, however, is easily the EP’s most impressive offering – Protection. Riding on a smooth, sensuously surrounding electronic harmony, Honey delivers her most passionate and virtuosic vocal performance from the record.
The sudden transition from the organic sensuality of Protection to the overpowering EDM of Dimensions may be a turn off for some, but Honey gets back on track with Wonderland and No Man’s Land, finding the perfect balance between heavy electronic riffing and soulful melody.
Hijack sees Honey giving us more of her club-ready side than her flirtatious allure. Fans of dubstep and EDM bangers will be pleased.
Favorite Track: Protection
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