The R&B starlet doesn't hold back with her new soon-to-be hit
Swipe right, swipe left. 140 characters. Instagram stories. Facebook Live. Today's generation is in it for instant gratification. It's convenient but the lasting effects have begun to permeate every aspect of our lives. R&B up and comer Taya Marquis, who's opened a sold out show in Toronto on Tinashe's 2014 Aquarius Tour, finds an exhaustion flooding the relationship scene. She then frames those complications around a sick, syrupy beat and a Nicki Minaj-fused vocal (especially on the "you know what to do" tagline) with her new single "You Only"--premiering exclusively today. Co-written with Linykie Nix and co-produced by Neo Tempus, the slinky club jam was inspired by "the scarcity of commitment these days, in my generation," she tells Popdust.
She adds: "Everyone's always switching up their partners; strike three and you're out! It's not really a 'You Only' situation. It's more like you...him...her. I wanted to put something real over a fun beat."
"You Only" is the second in a six-part single release series and follows the splashy debut, "Please Don't Shoot," a stark contrast in which she peels back the layers of her heart. "'Please Don't Shoot' is a story of vulnerability, where I place myself at the mercy of someone I've hurt," she previously said of the song. "The irony of it is, are you going to shoot me for a mistake when we are all guilty of making them? Or are you going to choose love, forgiveness, and courage?"
Marquis' star is only now beginning to wax brightly, but she's already worked extensively in the industry. She had a hand in co-writing with Kesha for "A La Discotheque," an unreleased, gritty original intended for Kesha's 2010 debut studio record. There's nowhere to go now but into the stratosphere.
Expect even more wave-making from Marquis in the coming months.
Take a listen to "You Only" below:
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