Tems, the songstress doing the heavy lifting on Wizkid’s smash single “Essence,” has been in everyone’s ears all summer. Not only on that song but on the remix with Justin Bieber and on Drake‘s recently released album Certified Lover Boy on the track “Fountains.” Her unique vocals add a bit of flavor that we didn’t know we needed to everything that she touches. Now she’s rolling solo dolo on her new single “Crazy Tings” that has us feeling all the things.
On “Crazy Tings,” Tems just wants some space. She’s caught up in a toxic relationship and needs some distance from a man who isn’t worth her time. She sets the tone on the first verse, singing, “All you do is lie and lie and lie / All you do is try and try and try,” letting us know that this dude really ain’t worth a damn. Later she sings the lyrics, “Ooh, you try to make me run insane / But you know that I’m not the same / I just think I can do better,” so matter-of-factly, sweetly and resolutely that you know she’s done with son. Tems’ message is delivered over a smooth, laid-back Afrobeats-meets-dancehall groove courtesy of producer GuiltyBeatz.
Tems has another winner on her hands, and after ruling our summer playlists, we’ll be hearing her voice well into the fall and winter at this rate. “Crazy Tings” will appear on Tems’ upcoming EP, If Orange Was A Place, due for release on September 15th. It will follow last year’s For Broken Ears EP.