Just in time for the technicolor days of spring, Shafiq Husayn hits hungry music lovers with a taste of what's to come from his upcoming album, The Loop. Featuring vocalist J. MitchEll, "Lights & Crystals" is a bouncy, fluctuating demo that feels both soothing and out-of-this-world at the same time. Bathed in visions of sunlight, the beauty of nature, and a whimsical J. MitchEll as she takes it all in, the short-but-sweet clip does a great job at capturing the song's lighthearted essence and drumming up anticipation for the follow-up to Shafiq's excellent 2009 release, En' A-Free-Ka. Though I know it's not a completed song, I'd be lying if I didn't say that it's got me more than a little excited about The Loop. Stepping away from his Sa-Ra musical partners, Shafiq proves that he more than holds his own.