Already tagged as a Kendrick Lamar collaborator, Anna Wise is ready to demonstrate why she is highly rated in contemporary hip-hop circles with her debut EP, ‘The Feminine: Act I’.
Packed with tension, it starts off proper with ‘Precious Possession’, which thickens the air with colourful warps and Wise’s sultry and quivering vocals. Lyrical themes of female empowerment, wage inequality and life expectations are made pretty damn clear to the listener, none more so than in latest single, the arresting ‘BitchSlut’, with the chorus “I know what kind you are/if I say no, I’m a bitch/say yes, I’m a slut”.
“I crave change and progress and I’m attracted to weirdness” is what Wise has said about the different styles and melodies that are remarkably stuffed into the EP’s 16 minutes. The songs have a way of building up without being too in-your-face, which is showcased on ‘Decrease My Waist, Increase My Wage’ which sounds like Lorde’s slightly older sister, and final track ‘Go’ with its subtle 80’s-style production and injection of colour.
On a debut that centres around gender inequality, Anna Wise seeks to smash it down and while you know she will have plenty more to say in future releases, ‘The Feminine: Act I’ is a taster of things to come.
‘The Feminine: Act I’ is out now.
This Anna Wise review was written by Daniel Luscombe, a GIGsoup contributor. Edited by Stephen Butchard.