KÄRMA, a New Jersey-based musician, has repeatedly proved that R&B isn’t entirely dead. Behind her powerhouse vocals and direct lyrics lies relatable stories about love, loss, and everything in between. And like the early 2000s, KÄRMA’s sound reflects simpler times when edginess cemented itself in lovey-dovey ballads.
Her latest 3-track effort, THREE, explores the ups and downs of love and intimate moments shared between two individuals. She opens up about a failing relationship and one that’s blooming. THREE is her fifth project to date. Vocally, the About Last Night crooner carries a mesmerizing, velvety, and soulful range that’s guaranteed to leave anyone swooned and willing to speak their piece.
One song off the project is titled “Creep 2018 (feat. Soulfull).” Lyrically, KÄRMA speaks about a requited chemistry between her and another man. Because of this, the two would like to make love to each other. “You been saying how you wanted me/This could be a good quality,” she sings. Though she’s committed to another, he isn’t doing his part.
Ultimately, the goal at hand is to please one another. She expresses, “I can feel it when you’re deep inside/I gotta know if you’re down to ride/So pick me up around 8 or 9/You know that Ima need all my time.”
Beat-wise, “Creep 2018” is a bedroom R&B offering that uses a dark piano loop, spacey arrangements, and an electro synth.
The visual finds couples in an intimate setting during a late-night car ride. KÄRMA sings on the side of a building alongside Soulfull, who delivers his wordplay in a spoken word fashion.