Sugar Honey Ice Tea – Dani Stevenson ft. Shya L’Amour (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

It’s safe to say that Dani Stevenson has rubbed shoulders with the great and good of the modern music scene. From Missy Elliot to Nelly to Pharrell Williams, it was an exceedingly fast rise that saw her go from singing the National Anthem in Junior High to working with such an illustrious cast. This time out she invites Shya L’Amour along for the ride and the results are impressive to say the least.

The message here is pretty plain, “don’t mess us around, don’t get in our way. We are not going to take any S(sugar) H(oney) I(ce) T(ea) from anyone.” Geddit? Plain and simple. What isn’t plain and simple is the R&B musical vehicle that they use to hit that message home. It is glitchy and trippy, trap beats adding a skittering percussive groove to the sparing back beat, beguiling electronica filling in the middle ground but it is a song which is all about its brash, uncompromising message.

We are entering an era where woman are levelling the playing field, where they are stating, in no uncertain terms, that they are at least the equal of the men. I suspect that Dani Stevenson has never regarded herself as being on par with her male counterparts anyway, you can see it in every move she makes, every line she delivers that she has always walked her own path.  Sugar Honey Ice Tea isn’t the sound of someone making a claim, this is a gentle reminder that she has always been one step ahead of the pack, both male and female. You’ll just have to deal with it.

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