Question the company you keep is the transparent message Charlotte singer/songwriter, pianist, drummer and producer Cyanca. She is the reincarnate of golden age neo-soul for fans of Erykah Badu, Lauryn Hill and D’Angelo.
“New Phone, Who Dis” is a smooth, simple ode of company and the hustle. Laphelle’s minimal, slow-burning production is captivating, allowing listeners to be mesmerized by Cyanca’s vocals. Cyanca tenderly croons to remind us to protect our peace and energy: “If you can’t coincide with my mind / we can’t be lay up / If you ain’t tryna grind / we can’t be textin’.
Filmmaker Alexander Hall’s eclectic 80’s inspired video depicts the Smithfield native at the center of a money tree. Soon enough, male model Muhammed Freeman is spellbound by cardinal vices of pride and greed until he is connived by his painter Lute .
Isle of Queens is a moving body of work capturing the soul and essence of Black queendom. She touches on themes of self-worth (Recipe), stability (Badu) and resilience (Future Mystery, Eat). Atlanta artist and producer Jaguar Summer provides additional perspective to strengthen her messages.