British trio FLO is on a three-woman mission to bring R&B girl groups back. They've succeeded thus far and caught the attention of R&B lovers worldwide with their debut single “Cardboard Box” and its follow-up “Immature.” Group members Stella Quaresma, Jorja Douglas and Renée Downer bring feelings of déjà vu with a style reminiscent of the mid-1990s through early-2000s when R&B groups dominated the pop charts.
FLO is looking to capture that zeitgeist and continue their momentum with the release of their debut EP The Lead. The five-song project demonstrates the talented trio's vocals and versatility. They co-executive produced the EP with GRAMMY-nominated singer, songwriter and producer MNEK. He's worked with FLO for the past three years, and The Lead is proof that their time together has been well spent.
Their very first release, the bop “Cardboard Box,” kicks off the EP on an upbeat note. The song finds the ladies of FLO fed up and ready to swipe left on their relationship. It gives that Beyoncé “Irreplaceable” vibe and is just as easy to sing along to.
Relationships often fail due to a lack of communication, and that is what FLO describes in clear terms on “Immature.” The hourglass has run out on the brother they are singing about, and it is time for him to bounce. One thing is for sure on their first two singles, these young ladies do not suffer fools.
Once the summer months hit, we all want to turn up, spend time with friends and travel. Stella, Jorja and Renée are no different, and on “Summertime” they describe how they want things to go down while also throwing some direct jabs at a former boo after a breakup. "I’m making plans / I need a tan / I need a penthouse view / Don’t mean to brag / Deep in my bag / So I don’t care about you," they sing. Their harmonies ride on a smooth bass synth, drumbeat and acoustic guitar riff as they give us their summer wish list.
“Feature Me” may just be the banger of this EP, with its infectious drumbeat and FLO’s superbly arranged vocals. The track will bring to mind classic Timbaland and Missy Elliott productions. The group flips the script on this one, from being pursued to pursuing someone that catches their eye.
The last song on The Lead is “Another Guy,” an acoustic guitar-driven ballad that allows FLO to demonstrate their impressive vocal abilities. It explains how they feel when they have such high hopes for a guy who they thought was Mr. Right only to find out he's not all that.
On The Lead, FLO explores the feelings most young women experience before, during and after a relationship. The collection of songs allows these three sisters with voices to have fun with their music while putting out quality material that shows they have the range and a bright future ahead.- Advertisement - - Advertisement -