Ashleigh Bankx’s “Angel” burns like the last candle of an evening with delicate, curling tendrils of smoke. This masterclass in ambient RnB is in orbit around the theme of black love – finding passion not only in relationships, but above all, learning to fall in love with yourself and the unique lens through which you see the world. With a rhythm like a slow dance on a summer’s evening, “Angel” sounds timeless: though the singer-songwriter is carving a path of her own in the neo-soul resurgence, the track is a golden blend of nostalgia and the sound of the moment.
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Words by Sophie Walker