Three years after the release of her debut album, Havana, is back with her sophomore offering, Entervention. Where her first LP, L.I.F.E., featured production from the likes of Waajeed, Zo!, Nicolay, and Symbolyc One providing a mellow, soulful backdrop – Entervention has a decidedly west coast house party sound. Providing that sound are some of Cali’s most forward thinking producers, including Brook d’Leau (of J*DaVeY fame), GB, Trackademicks and BeatStreetS. Lyrically, Havana goes even further introverted and autobiographical this time out, but she still manages to keep it balanced with plenty of future house party and club favorites still sprinkled throughout the album.
Entervention is currently scheduled for a February 17th release date through the Detroit-founded and San Diego-based label, Skoolcraft Music Group. To preview the album, I have an exclusive first listen to four tracks from the LP. In downloadable form I have the first single, “Nitelife,” which is produced by and also features Honor Roll member, Trackademicks, and “It Ain’t New,” co-produced by Bay Area collaborators, BeatStreetS & 1O.A.K. To go along with it, I’ve also got streams of the 80′s throwback, “In Touch” produced by GB, and a track from Havana’s new group, Match’d Frantic with MC, Bennie Herron, “Not Affected,” produced by Brook d’Leau. All four songs are still rough, unmastered versions – so be sure to check the album when it drops next month for all of the final versions.
Stream or download the songs below, and then, stay tuned after the jump to three of my favorite tracks from her first album, LIFE: Living In Fearless Emotions.
Havana “In Touch” (prod. GB)
Match’d Frantic (Havana & Bennie Herron) “Not Affected” (prod. Brook d’Leau)
Havana “Caught Up” (prod. Waajeed)
from LIFE: Living In Fearless Emotion (Skoolcraft Music Group, 2005)
Havana “Feel My Love” (prod. Zo!)
from “Feel My Love” maxi-single (Skoolcraft Music Group, 2006)
Havana “Shine” (prod. Nicolay)
from “Shine” maxi-single (Skoolcraft Music Group, 2005)