Ya Yah Townsend – Sugar High
Ya Yah Townsend’s second release on Denn Spin Records is exactly the kind of laid back R&B you’re going to want to put on when it’s time to wind down. The groove is utterly relaxed, offering the listener the chance to sit back and let all the worries of the year gone by to melt away. It’s like a kind of respite – when we know that our troubles aren’t likely to be fixed just by listening a song, at the very least it does give the chance to take some welcome distraction.
Townsend’s voice shifts from silky smooth to sassy with a touch of grit, her vocal texture blending with the song’s instrumentation which creates a kind of dance, like watching drops of coloured ink falling into clear water where it shimmers and creates beautiful patterns. In many ways, the song’s deceptive simplicity is what causes it to truly stand out – there is no big bold moment where everything reaches a sonic climax, but rather the song plays out much like a heartwarming conversation with an old friend, filled with kind words and time taken to talk over past memories. As the year draws to a close, ‘Sugar High’ is a chilled out tune to add to the end of your playlist for a moment of calm and beauty.