Since the release of his stellar debut EP Rejovich back in 2013, fans have watched Dublin born rapper Rejjie Snow’s career blossom through a stream of singles, live shows and interviews; all without a full album. Although in 2017 he dropped The Moon and You, a full 13 track mixtape even containing a feature from Joey Bada$$, he promised the best was still yet to come; announcing that his debut album Dear Annie would be hitting our ears in 2018- and here we are.
Always one to keep us hungry for more, Rejjie seems to be presenting this album to us in parts; only currently allowing us the first “volume”, holding back the full album until its official release date February 16th. It’s uncertain as yet whether we’ll get any more tasters of the album before then but, if this EP is anything to go by, we’re in for a treat.
Lead track Egyptian Luvr boasts features from Aminé and Dana Williams, alongside production from Canadian DJ Kaytranada. The single offers a warm, oozing melody coupled with a sparkling two-step synth that definitely sets us up for spring. The super smooth use of French in Desole and Mon Amour, ultra sexual lyrics in The Rain (“Doggy-style and move and blow//Rhythm in the fucking bones”), all tied together in atmospheric beats give the EP very little subtlety in its romance, proving Snow, once again, to be the master of capturing a mood.
As a whole, Dear Annie: Vol 1 almost feels like a nod to 90’s R&B and hip-hop classics; with a nostalgic vibe that wouldn’t seem too out of place on a cassette tape given to your significant other, with “my boo” scrawled somewhere on it in red sharpie.
Words by Alice Browne.
Image courtesy of Navarone Cole.