Danitsa’s ‘Secret Emotions’ is a call for self love in a time of loneliness

DANITSA is one of those severely underrated yet hugely talented artists who, by scaling the walls of various musical genres has shown herself to be a natural chameleon across her discography. From playing guest to her father SKANKYTONE on a 2016 Ska/ Reggae EP, to releasing her new single, ‘Secret Emotions’, Danitsa spreads herself across rap, crooning soul, modern hip hop and electronic, wrapped with a bow of African and Latin American influences.

At 23, she released her 2017 debut album ‘Ego’, which was a record of 16 tracks dedicated to self-exploration and self-discovery. Also doubling as a very true indication of her multitude of talents especially in regards to genre, one minute she’s thumping out a rap ballad reminiscent of J.Cole’sG.O.M.D’ on ‘Remember me’, to the next in which she’s singing atop a reggae dub bassline on title track ‘Ego’. 

Now at 25, she gives us ‘Secret Emotions’, a pulled-back RnB single with a variety of electronic flourishes. While definitively modern enough to place it in 2020, it’s copycat 90’s club-mix sound plays as homage to the era. Its subtle drops and steady bass that appear between each verse work to add layers to the track, with a high-pitched synth dipping in to say hello, dropping out to let the bass fill space at the chorus. Her voice is deliberate, and fluidly interwoven among these other elements, creating a well-rounded result. It’s a song about empowerment through your own devices and perhaps even self-love as Danitsa sings, ‘Give it love/ You can fill your own cup/ Now I know it’s better on my own.

The lyrics appear to stand true for Danitsa’s own musical journey, seeming to come into her own with a new sound far from her origins as a Ska singer on her Dad’s Skankytones EP. As ‘Secret Emotions’ shows, Danitsa has matured, finding a new sound while delving into yet another genre.

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WORDS BY JULIE FENWICK

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