Jade De LaFleur impressed with her single and video for "Jaded," enough so that Solange added the sultry songstress to her Saint Heron compilation last year. So then it's no surprise that her debut EP, also titled Jaded, delivers more of the slightly chilly alt-R&B that the single promised. Coming in at nine tracks, Jaded finds Jade ruminating on love and relationships over production that seems to wonderfully blend a futuristic and electronic sound with elements of classic R&B to form something altogether unique.
But she doesn't do it all alone. She brings in high profile friends like singer/songwriter/producer James Fauntleroy (on "Smoking in My Car") and Chester French's D.A. Wallach (for "So Long"). Still, the set's best moments come when Jade is left to her own devices. Aside from the title track, other standouts like the deliciously breezy (and kinky) "Freedom," the jazzy "Blue Notes and Green Trees" and the reggae-tinged "Brown Box" show why many are putting Jade on their list of artists to watch.
Take a listen to Jaded right now, and be sure to pick your copy of the EP, which is available now via iTunes.