All Hands on Deck
Label: RCA RECORDS LABEL
Tinashe's DJ Mustard-helmed hit "2 On" won't prepare you for Aquarius. It has a diffuse ambience marked by synthesizer washes and, in a duet with Future on "How Many Times," a sample of Janet Jackson's '80s late-night gem "Funny How Time Flies." Despite a range of producers such as Boi-1da ("Cold Sweat"), Devonte Hynes ("Bet") and Mike Will Made It ("Thug Cry"), this is her vision of lovelorn introspection, which she details through self-produced interludes. Her vocals can be too derivative of Jhene Aiko's talk-singing approach, but that's a bump in a road on an impressive debut.