Silk Canvas

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Silk Canvas
Silkcanvas.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 27, 2018
Recorded2017-18
Genre
Length52:19
LabelSelf-released
Producer
  • Jay "Kurzweil" Oyebadejo
  • Da-P
  • IAMNOBODI
  • Chloe Martini
  • DikC
  • Ogee Handz
  • Dare House
  • Lophiile
  • Skyler Acord
  • KAYTRANADA
  • Louie Lastic
  • Scribz Riley
  • DrewsThatDude
  • Huck
  • Fortune

Silk Canvas is the 2018 debut album by Nigerian-American R&B duo VanJess. The album was self-released by the duo, who spent two years working on the album.[1][2] On November 8, 2019, the duo released Silk Canvass (The Remixes) including features from Ari Lennox, Bas, Saba, Xavier Omär, and more.[3]

The album contains features from Masego, GoldLink, Berhana, Leikeli47, and Little Simz. The production came from Jay "Kurzweil" Oyebadejo, IAMNOBODI, and KAYTRANADA, among others.

Background[edit]

The album was influenced by the duo's Nigerian heritage.[4]

Critical reception[edit]

Silk Canvas received positive reviews from music critics. Pitchfork praised the album giving it a 7.7 out of 10, saying: "the sisters wield enough magic to make Silk Canvas a success: a surefooted proclamation of sensuality, musicality, and sisterly love that can hold its own with the best of new-wave R&B." The author also talked about the two singers saying: "Their sensual, confident, and, at its smoky best, near-perfect R&B is the clear work not only of years of practice, but a singular bond. They know how to play off one another. Ivana, with a deep, rounded voice that can cut across a song like a thunderclap, usually sings lead, while Jessica, whose lighter, scratchier voice recalls TLC’s T-Boz, injects personality and flair. When they’re in sync, they seamlessly share verses with a hairflip and a sultry smirk."[5]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."My Love"
  • Ivana Nwokike
  • Jessica Nwokike
  • Pharenz Abellard
Jay "Kurzweil" Oyebadejo, Da-P3:46
2."Control Me"
  • I. Nwokike
  • J. Nwokike
  • John Chigbue
IAMNOBODI3:33
3."Touch the Floor" (featuring Masego)
  • I. Nwokike
  • J. Nwokike
  • Micah Davis
  • Ali Gabir Oussama
  • Sedik Boudif
  • Chloe Martini
  • Jay "Kurzweil" Oyebadejo
Chloe Martini, DikC, Ogee Handz, Jay "Kurzweil" Oyebadejo3:17
4."Filters"
  • I. Nwokike
  • J. Nwokike
  • Scribz Riley
  • Darian Houser
Dare House2:55
5."Honeywheat"
  • I. Nwokike
  • J. Nwokike
  • Abellard
Da-P3:12
6."Addicted"
  • I. Nwokike
  • J. Nwokike
  • IAMNOBODI
  • Oyebadejo
Jay "Kurzweil" Oyebadejo, IAMNOBODI4:57
7."Cool Off the Rain (Interlude)"
  • I. Nwokike
  • J. Nwokike
  • Tyler Acord
Lophiile1:54
8."Through Enough" (featuring GoldLink)
Skyler Acord & Lophiile4:28
9."Another Lover"
KAYTRANADA3:48
10."'Til Morning"
  • I. Nwokike
  • J. Nwokike
  • Alexander Ben-Abdallah
Louie Lastic3:26
11."Best Believe"
  • I. Nwokike
  • J. Nwokike
  • Oyebadejo
  • Sedik Boudif
Jay "Kurzweil" Oyebadejo, DikC4:00
12."The One"
  • I. Nwokike
  • J. Nwokike
  • Talay Riley
  • Scribz Riley
Scribz Riley2:43
13."Easy" (featuring Berhana & Leikeli47)
  • I. Nwokike
  • J. Nwokike
  • Oyebadejo
  • Leikeli47
  • Berhana
Jay "Kurzweil" Oyebadejo3:54
14."Rewind Time" (featuring Little Simz)
  • I. Nwokike
  • J. Nwokike
  • Oyebadejo
  • DrewsThatDude
  • Rodney Montreal
Jay "Kurzweil" Oyebadejo, DrewsThatDude, Huck, Fortune5:26
Total length:52:19

References[edit]

  1. ^ "VanJess are the new architects of electronic-soul on their debut album Silk Canvas". FACT Magazine: Music News, New Music. 2018-08-22. Retrieved 2018-08-23.
  2. ^ "Silk Canvass by Vanjess". iTunes.
  3. ^ "Silk Canvas (The Remixes)". iTunes. Retrieved 10 November 2019.
  4. ^ "VanJess are the new architects of electronic-soul on their debut album Silk Canvas". FACT Magazine: Music News, New Music. 2018-08-22. Retrieved 2018-08-23.
  5. ^ "VanJess: Silk Canvas Album Review | Pitchfork". pitchfork.com. Retrieved 2018-08-23.