A$AP Ferg seems to show up on a record of basically any artist that'll have him in 2014—recent collaborators include Freddie Gibbs, Haim, and Mali Music. His latest BFF is talented soul belter Elle Varner, whose retro-friendly beats (in this case, she's sampling Jimmy Castor's “I Just Wanna Stop,” which you probably know best for its role in Kanye West's “We Don't Care”) and earnest, extroverted style feel perhaps a bit out of step in these spacey and demur Tinashe-friendly times.
But as it was with her debut Perfectly Imperfect, not being in touch with the zeitgeist makes Elle's music feel even more refreshingly bold. Give or take a Jazmine Sullivan, few singers deliver with such clear, unambiguous enthusiasm. Ferg drops a wry verse from the perspective of a partner who wishes they'd stayed in and watched Martin, although it feels like he ghostwrote it for a different rapper. This record just dropped and is getting a big push to radio, and whatever its Cool rating, it's a great song. It's difficult to imagine it won't do some chart damage.