Definitely more a mixtape than an album, ‘Caprisongs’ takes a more effortless and breezy approach than the more laboured album craft of her breakthru ‘LP1’ and the brooding ‘Magdalene’. Swaying between signature R&B and welcome sidesteps into light-touch dancehall, with ace interludes of Twigs chatting to her girlfriends, it’s a collection primed for applying the warpaint and sinking ‘secco.
Flanked by her glittering roll call of peers she plays to the broadest appeal, shimmying up with the R&B teaser ’Ride The Dragon’, and dialling in Pa Salieu on the Afrobeats zinger ‘Honda’, with The Weeknd joining her to cruise over Arca’s warbling keys on ‘Tears in The Club’. At its rudest Shy Girl lights up the puckered ‘90s dancehall of the Rihanna-adjunct ‘Papi Bones’, and Daniel Ceasar helps eaze it off on the sultry duet ‘Careless’, with the ‘90s nostalgia filtered to perfection via a nod to Olive’s ‘Not alone’ over killer drill/afrobeat production on ‘Darjeeling’ feat. Jorja Smith and Unknown T.