Tinashe and 6lack‘s “Touch and Go” insinuates to a lover that a situationship just won’t cut it. Pre-chorus, Tinashe even sings “I just wanna fix this, but you don’t wanna try/If you don’t wanna be, why you always on my line?” in means of showing the wishy-washy ex that she doesn’t have time to play mind games. Over the clear, echoey backdrop, the two crooners allow their vulnerability to pour over dark, soulful note ranges that’s prone to grab listeners in. Tinashe, expresses herself in a soft, lush harmony and short-lived hum whereas 6lack uses his signature bravado to ask, “Why we talk the most anytime we lay down in the bed?” Production wise, “Touch and Go” also lets a bird cry go in at the 22 second mark. And as the booming 808 makes way for subtle hi-hats, listeners feel their heart jump out of their chest. Because love has its way of making emotions flop.
From the outside, I asked one of Tinashe’s fans, Jacob Robinson about how he feels about the track. In turn, he says “I think Tinashe’s song is very melodic. Essentially it’s a callback to her mixtape days. I literally heard a reiterated ad-lib from her second mixtape that came out in 2012. For those curious, it can be heard through the bridge. This song reminds me of her old classics and I’m just so happy she’s brought this sound back. Just for her to revisit her stapled sound and make it fresh yet progressive proves that Tinashe can always go back to her roots. At any given moment. “Touch and Go” is merely a R&B bop.”
By the end, an explanation is still in order from their former soulmates, Tinashe sings, “Baby, do you hear me?/Tell me you still see me/All I know is I just need to know if you still need me..” as the white noise blocks out her fustration.
This song marks as her second independent single since giving RCA Records the boot in early 2019
Tinashe’s Songs For You is expected to drop on November 28th.
Listen to ‘Touch and Go” below: