When you’re a natural born pop star, and you know it… why wait for the industry to catch on? Take matters into your own hands and DIY! Which is exactly what up and coming recording artist Vina Mills does with her independent EP “BlueGold”.
Using the word “Underground” to categorize her would be ill-fitting, for within the first few minutes of listening to her project you would have thought you’d heard it on the radio. With heavy hip hop beats, synths, and lyrical flow that screams the likes of Ester Dean/ Diddy Dirty Money. It’s a surprise she is still relatively on the come up.
Starting Strong with “Queen”, Vina makes it quite clear that she is a force to be reckoned with. Not to be ignored, she sets the tone and most certainly commands your attention. The next few songs glide effortless across the spectrum of pop and urban R&B, complete with such a vulnerability lyrically that even with it’s commercial audible waves you still connect with her emotionally, particularly with “My EX”, where she boast “Suppose to be my Ex guy, now we back in love like…” as she paints a picture of running into an ex of her’s one night. Relatable, right? We’ve all been there before, right? Well here, Vina expresses it with pure honesty.
As you began to get comfortable with the tunes, the EP’s standout track “I Surrender” grabs your ears and perk them back up to listening position. The track relies more on melody and pulse, rather than the typical urban beat, to convey a message of letting go from a relationship that has, unfortunately, gone sour. Rather then fight, Vina finds peace in walking away… even if it hurts. This one certainly gets the repeat button. Its at this very moment that you begin to hear Vina separate herself from comparison. Personally, this is when I truly understood her artistically and musically.
“Go Girl”, an urban club banger, which is quite the anthem for grown women who are getting money independently and have no plans to relinquish her throne. Rounding out the disc with “Cry Baby” Vina takes us back to a very satisfied place. The strength of the project is here… even with it’s commercial sound. Vina stays very true to her art form and doesn’t try to mimic anyone else.
Mills is a surprise discovery in an over saturated world of urban/pop music. For all of the finesse that Vina brings to Bluegold, I’d play her project over an artist who is, perhaps, signed to a major label. Let’s hope the ears of the world will be open to receive all that Ms. Vina brings to the table. Not only is she a promising artist herself, she has the ability to be a songwriter as well to many of the artist out today… they could use her witty, vulnerable, yet blunt, style of writing. We might actually get some human substance back in pop music again.