Solange Knowles deserves a lot of credit for following her own muse, and getting out of her older sister's shadow. (Chances are, you've heard of big sis Beyoncé.) But on True, her excellent first step away from Interscope records, she's paired up with Dev Hynes and delivered a real smash. "Losing You" is an utterly modern take on the sort of pop R&B that ruled the charts in the late 1980s. But it also has a very modern atmosphere, and unorthodox samples. Many of those '80s tracks focused on new love, but Solange is clearly examining the other end of a relationship; things may have gone too far wrong to rehabilitate. It's more resigned than woe-is-me. And aside from the elegant, mid-tempo track, the video is a hoot. It was shot in suburban Cape Town, and style plays a very big role in the finished product.
Brendan Hasenstab is a writer and editor based in Brooklyn.