If there are two things BANKS is known for it’s smouldering vocals and her impeccable choice of producers. For her latest release in a growing collection of exceptional work entitled “Drowning”, the L.A. singer enlisted the famed Al Shux to concoct a complimentary backing for her sultry voice and despairing lyrics.
It’s no surpise that Shux, a veteran in the business best known for his work on Jay-Z’s “Empire State of Mind”, could create a simple yet heavy set of hip-hop beats to highlight a voice so souful you can’t help but sigh when you hear it. The syncophantic throbing gives an edge to the sorrowful situation of being hooked on a toxic love drug, the strength of that drug evident in the lyrics: “A girl who made you soup and tied your shoes when you were hurting / You are not deserving”. BANKS illustrates the very real and relatable compulsion to stay submerged in the polluted waters of a relationship and the damage it can cause. We really feel the pain because we couldn’t help but become addicted to BANKS.