Los Angeles rising star QUIÑ recently released her debut EP, Galactica. Not one to fall in line, the West Coast-native has set out to kick down barriers and create a blend of genres she refers to as “fantasy soul.” She cites the likes of Erykah Badu, Sade and Brandy as fuel for the inspiration behind her soulful, futuristic style.
The seven-track EP (with an eighth bonus track), released via Kobalt Music Publishing, feels like a spacey voyage fueled by elements of pop and alt-R&B and only limited by your imagination. The project is the love child of mostly QUIÑ's solo efforts, with production from Krysshun, who you may know from his work with Chris Brown and Jhené Aiko, as well as Rich Skillz, who has produced tracks for Eve, Robin Thicke, Mario and Ludacris.
The EP begins with QUIÑ’s a cappella take on The Aristocats’ theme song. Her vocal ability is truly showcased here, and the accompanying hazy and abstract visual, directed by Juliet Vo and Dyan Jong, serves as a taste of what to expect from the eclectic artist. Perhaps the standout track on the EP is the biographical “I Am,” which serves as a grand musical introduction for those unfamiliar with her work. She boldly makes herself and her story known with a quirky, girly sweetness intertwined with the confidence of a self-aware woman. But, just as the listener tries to classify her style, there’s the oozing R&B track “Over Again” featuring rapper G-Easy, which tells the tale of moving on from that one relationship that you just can’t seem to shake. Overall, though her sound is a bit dark and eerie on tracks like "Solo" and "Sea of Space," there's a sexiness to it all and even a commanding presence as she declares, "You said the right thing / When you thought to call my name," on one of her most intense offerings, "Math."
QUIÑ describes Galactica as “a place, out of time, in outer space. This is the first chapter to a never ending story of my imagination; a portal to a universe powered by the sounds of my fantasy soul music." Take flight and listen to Galactica below. Download the EP for your collections on Amazon, iTunes or Google Play, and keep up with QUIÑ on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.