“Naked” is the latest single by South London production/artist duo Temptress, which consists of Jess Belgrave and Vlad Woodham-Smith, who’ve run up a couple of million streams since 2016. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out why that it is when you listen to their sultry songs on which both Jess and Vlad sing, usually dueting. Such is the case with “Naked,” a slick and steamy R&B/electro production inspired by a heatwave, though the lyrics paint a picture of folks taking their clothes off for other reasons than just cooling down a bit. (“I just want to feel your skin on mine,” they sing with longing in their voices.) Regardless of the subject matter, it’s perfect late night listening and demands placement on your next chill out playlist. If you like FKA twigs and Tinashe, you’re going to fall head over heels for this one.
An entertainment journalist for 20 years, Michael McCarthy was a columnist and contributing editor for the magazines Lollipop and LiveWire. He co-created and wrote for Cinezine, one of the '90's most popular movie E-zines. The only time he's not listening to music is when he's watching television shows and movies or reading, usually music magazines.