A couple of weeks ago I posted a preview of Solange's new single and described it as Bag Raiders on Valium. I was almost right. "Losing You" is a summery splash of hazy electronica but Solo isn't content with reinventing chill-out music for stoners. The brilliant Blood Orange production expertly blends soul elements into the sound palette to make this one of the most inventive and achingly beautiful singles of 2012. I've always preached the gospel of Sol-Angel but this is some next level shit. It doesn't matter if "Losing You" charts lower than the 37th buzz single from Ashanti's indefinitely pushed-back comeback album, the thinking man's Knowles is now an untouchable indie-diva and can do whatever the fuck she wants with impunity.
And the video... I hate to say it but Solange is currently washing her car with Beyoncé's finest wig. This clip is just about perfect. Ghetto fabulous has been done many times before but never as elegantly and authentically as this nostalgic slice of afro-americana. I can't get over how stunning Solo looks and the mastery with which Melina pieces the whole thing together. Where was this bitch when Bey was grinding in front of a Walmart fan in "Dance For You"? It's hard to pick a favourite moment. "Losing You" is visual art that makes the rest of the game look lazy. I even love her purposely bad dancing. Sol-Angel's sister got the dancing feet but I'm beginning to think she got the brains.