Remi Lewis – Super Doll

An intriguing introduction...

NYC-based underground starlet Remi Lewis has only been releasing music since 2021, with a profusion of high-calibre, polished pop-R&B tracks. Her debut single, ‘Spacey’, saw her make a mark with her smooth and sultry vocal performances and crisp trap-tinted beats.

‘Super Doll’ is Lewis’ debut longer project. The extended play is seven tracks of concise yet lavish pop tracks, bathed in soul, R&B and hip-hop influence. Opener ‘X’ boasts opulent production, brimming with vocal chops, heavy 808 basses and hard trap drums. The juxtaposition of heavy beats with Lewis’ glossy vocals is a compelling one, the artist picking from a diverse range of influences to craft her own sound. ‘Can’t See Me Now’ has a club-ready aura, emblazoned with hooks and an afrobeat edge. On the contrary, ‘For The Night’ has a more 80s edge, leaning into her pop sensibilities rather than R&B – a freshening moment on the project. ‘Changed’, accompanied by a stunning yet simple music video, is the highlight of the project, with its lazy off-grid drum patterns and clunky bass. Lewis delivers her best vocal performance on the record on this track, her velvet vocal timbre oozing passion, accompanied by intricate harmonies. 

After slowly making the transition to music after forging a career in modelling, Lewis found that this project enabled her to solidify her sound, she said ‘Throughout the entire EP, I really was able to home in on genres like pop, R&B, and even a trap infused sound.’ This careful career switch has resulted in an incredibly cohesive records, cohesion which is rarely seen on debut projects. 

Remi Lewis, despite being so new on the scene, is definitely one to watch. Though her influences are worn on her sleeve at times, this batch of tracks that ‘Super Doll’ has served up proves her talent, flair and aptitude for the music she is creating. With such a short career to date, Remi Lewis can only grow and improve, with bags of potential – something not often seen in such a saturated genre field. The EP is a refreshing dose of pop-laden R&B, bragging some of the cleanest production heard on a project of this style in some time, and Lewis’ vocal work is nothing short of excellent. 

7/10

Words: James Mellen

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