Emotional Oranges – The Juicebox (Download Free album Zip)
The sound of the summer has arrived with ‘The Juicebox’, the latest album from funky LA duo Emotional Oranges, made up of the anonymous singers A, the male vocalist, and V, the female vocalist. A fairly short record packed with collaborations from the likes of Vince Staples, Channel Tres and Becky G, ‘The Juicebox’ doesn’t overstay its welcome with only eight tracks, each exploring seduction, partying, and romance.
The entire album is infused with the duo’s blend of forward-thinking R&B, squeezing in every drop of the LA summer. Album opener and first single ‘All That’ features fellow LA native Channel Tres, who offers a sensual verse and rendition of the chorus alongside the duo, with V’s late verse multiplying the track’s heat tenfold.
Though collaborations throughout the album are mostly seamless, some might seem an odd fit on name recognition, with Vince Staples’ verse on ‘Back & Forth’ resembling his contribution to ‘Yo Love’ from the Queen & Slim Soundtrack.
He’s laidback, adapting to the tone set by Emotional Oranges perfectly and dropping the hardcore nature of most of his work in favour of romantic bars. ‘Down To Miami’ is perhaps the most evocative of a pool party, with Latin singer Becky G adding a verse in Spanish which is perfectly complimentary to V’s detached, relaxed vocals.
A is a little forgettable here – the track could have easily just been V and Becky G – though his chorus is a good fit with the production.