Single Review: Tanaka Makoni – The Streets

Tanaka Makoni - The Streets Artwork

Tanaka Makoni continues her quest to become the queen of UK rnb and hip hop, and she pushes herself even closer with her new release, ‘The Streets’. 

Furthermore, the new track follows her strong previous release, ‘Lust‘, and although it follows a similar pattern, the mix comes with a unique quality which is difficult to ignore. Vocally, Tanaka is flying high with a performance which grips with a warm texture. Also, her tone is angelic, and she soothes from the instant with her leading us on an adventure back to her youth. 

Lyrically, ‘The Streets’ is a reminiscent reflection of growing up in the UK’s capital. Furthermore, Tanaka leaves no confusion with her message coming across conspicuously. As a result, I relish the pureness and honesty which Tanaka provides. Additionally, I can almost reach out and touch her passion as if it was a tangible component. 

Musically, ‘The Streets’ is relatively condensed with a mix which does not delve too far. However, the simplistic arrangement pays off because it gives the vocals the attention they deserve. However, the structure does change at periods with the beat picking up the pace and the harmonic instrumental gliding through the airwaves with conviction. For me, I relish the brass section which we hear in the backend of the mix, although it could sound even more piercing if the brass instruments became even more audible as the track progresses?

Overall, ‘The Streets’ is a gem, and if this track is anything to go by, then Tanaka will be rising to the top in little time.

You can check out the track over on Spotify, and make sure and follow the artist on Twitter and Instagram to keep up to date.

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Jack Kirby is a music journalist with plenty of years of experience in music press under his sleeve.

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