Afro-Latina singer MXKA sent me her latest this morning. It’s a cover of Sade’s “Sweetest Taboo” which turns the slow burner into a bit of a mix between Afro-soul and acoustic guitar-heavy R&B. Let me tell you. I’ve been jamming to it since first hearing it. Produced by Stylolive of Succo Sounds, the song is soulful, but also has a bounce that’s undeniable. I keep pressing play on it and I’ll keep pressing play. It’s that solid to me.
It could be because MXKA’s vocals are sweet and rich, just like Sade’s. It could be that the blend between Spanish and English works darn well. It’s probably both, though. That’s because the song is rich and also becomes its own thing by the end–while still paying homage to one of the greatest artists to ever belt out a tune. I like this one, for sure, especially since it’s supposed to be the first of a few songs where MXKA covers Sade songs. I’m intrigued to see which other Sade songs MXKA covers on the EP, but if they’re like this one? I’ll be happy and will be able to vibe for a bit off the strength of the songs.
If you like MXKA’s take on “Sweetest Taboo,” check out the EP when it drops and support dope music in all its forms.