Leaving delays in the dust, Tinashe revs up her engine and delivers her long-awaited sophomore album Joyride.
The “pop star aka a problem” brings star power along for the ride. Offset drives shotgun on “No Drama,” while French Montana and Ty Dolla $ign roll through on “Me So Bad.” Future (“Faded Love”) and Little Dragon (“Stuck With Me”) are also on board.
It’s a 13-song journey from beginning to end, starting with the intro “Keep Your Eyes on the Road” and ending with “Fires and Flames.”
Joyride marks the follow-up to 2014’s Aquarius, which had been delayed several times. “There were a lot of setbacks,” she recently told Vulture. “I made the mistake of even talking about the project too soon. When I look back on the entire journey of it, I’m very thankful for the time that it did take. It pushed me to create the version of the album that is coming out now. It was important that it ended up taking as long as it did.”
After working on 200 songs for the new release, Tinashe is proud of the final product. “It just feels right, complete, and urgent,” she said. “It represents me, it accomplishes what I wanted, sonically, which was to create this music that feels like it borrows from different genres, but it’s hard to place all the songs in a specific genre. I’ve always felt more comfortable as an artist being that way. The subject matter and energy is also up and that was important to me, too. I wanted to be excited [about this record] and have it be in your face.”