Track of the Day: 'Neva Soft'

What's misleading about this song title is Ms. Dynamite herself. Over the last decade, she's proven she can run the range, from silky smooth crooning to brittle toasting. And some of all of that appears in different moments of this odd confection. "Neva Soft" dips from ultra-bass dancehall to old-fashioned ska-tinged R&B and back, all in the space of four minutes. "Original bad girl pon the radar," she boasts at the start, and later she notes she's packing "the rhythm that never let me down." With Labrinth working the boards, the tune is fierce, and in the UK this song became Dynamite's eighth top-40 hit. Of course, there's no radio format that would support such a song in the U.S., but that's what the Internet is for.



On iTunes: Ms. Dynamite/"Neva Soft"

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Brendan Hasenstab is a writer and editor living in Brooklyn.

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