Single Review: Rina Sawayama – Where U Are


Rina Sawagama is a Japan born; London based R&B singer/songwriter. Her last track Tunnel Vision and its accompanying video hit the internet to much fanfare and now the politics graduate is back with some brand new music for your ears.

Where U Are is a reworking of the 1972 Michael Jackson classic I Wanna Be Where You Are. A song which despite the fact that I was never the biggest Jackson fan I’ve always had a massive soft spot for. The original merely forms the basis for this track however as Rina has definitely applied her own unique 2016 spin.

The track itself has got this real mega chilled out vibe; you could float away on Rina’s flawlessly smooth vocals. The production keeps the whole thing feeling sharp and slick. There’s a kind of classic R&B feel throughout the track but at the same time it’s not like it feels dated, it’s as current and up to date as you like.

Lyrically the song tackles the idea of their being a ‘real you’ and a perfect version of yourself which you present to the world online. Speaking on the track Rina says:

“Online you can present your best edited self, and bypass lots of the messiness and awkwardness that comes with real human interactions. Your overheating phone substitutes human warmth. Weirdest of all- you’re together, but also very alone”.

I really like this track; it took me a couple of listens for it to properly connect with me but it’s just got better and better with every listen. I’ll certainly be on the lookout for whatever comes next.

 

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