Sierra Sellers is one of several local artists who I really wanted to see at the Deutschtown Music Festival a few weeks ago, but, unfortunately, wasn’t able to. To compensate for this missed opportunity, though, I gave her new song “Shine” (featuring Pittsburgh rapper My Favorite Color) several plays throughout the course of this evening. A breezy mix of hip-hop, R&B, and chilled-out house music, the track is produced by Nice Rec and Jeremy Rosinger, whose understated arrangement of floating keyboard, smooth bass (courtesy of Charlie Scott), and four-on-the-floor percussion provides a propulsive instrumental over which the two vocalists can wax romantic. Sellers’ singing sounds effortless on this track, alternating between drawn-out falsettos and staccato near-raps; “I can’t dance,” she admits during the bridge, quickly adding, “But let me be your partner.” My Favorite Color strings together some impressive bars in a voice that reminds me of melting candle wax; after a particularly intricate passage that incorporates mentions of painter Jean-Michel Basquiat and the 2000 film Love and Basketball, he mumbles, “That was so dope,” as if dumbfounded by his own rhyming ability. “Shine” is a great summer song, the perfect thing to listen to on a porch while cracking a beer or a White Claw or whatever the kids drink nowadays.
Catch Sellers (along with some other great local artists) at Pittsburgh’s Very Own, happening on August 10th at Mr. Smalls in Millvale