REC'D: SZA, "Sobriety"

SZA's newest is definitely her best song yet. Production's by Flying Lotus associate, Thundercat and a quadrumvirate of other talented dudes.
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SZA's newest is definitely her best song yet. Production's by Flying Lotus associate, Thundercat and a quadrumvirate of other talented dudes.
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SZA (say it "sizzuh", like RZA and GZA) gets a lot of attention for being the first, and so far only, female member of TDE, the independent record label home to Kendrick Lamar, ScHoolboy Q, Ab-Soul, Jay Rock and Isaiah Rashad. Earlier this year, Miss Solana Rowe proved her considerable chops with her third EP, the alluring, sexy, and charmingly confused Z. It's one of our favorite EPs of the year and we eagerly anticipate her debut album, expected sometime in 2015.

Earlier today, Rowe shared a new song called "Sobriety", presumably something off her debut album, though we can't say for sure. Excitingly, the song was produced by Flying Lotus BFF Thundercat. Just a few months ago, the L.A. producer laid down oh so many slinky bass lines on FlyLo's latest mindfuck You're Dead!, and we're happy to report dude hasn't burnt out yet – "Sobriety", lanky as it is graceful, is held together and pushed forward by Thundercat's nimble noodling. That is, of course, to say nothing of Rowe's gorgeous, soulful and confessional vocal performance. Like so many greats before her, Rowe uses prettiness as a vehicle for some ugly truths:

"When my mother says she want me to be married/ And happy and whole, not high and alone/ Whoa, that Xanax make you trip, I still ain't got no whip/ I still ain't got no friends/ At least I got my family. Bullshit–/ My daddy still can't stand me."

It's devastating and devastatingly gorgeous, a perfect way for SZA to close out a banner year.