Estelle featuring Kardinal Offishall, "Freak"

3.5

Estelle's latest single, "Freak," is an homage to the '90s. "I can be a freak, every day of every week," the U.K. artist shouts repeatedly over a pumping, vintage house beat, before borrowing the hook from Soul II Soul's "Back to Life." The track is a clear digression from "American Boy," her bubbly, Grammy Award-winning hit featuring Kanye West: "Freak" is wilder and freakier, and ultimately appealing. "Every single girl should embrace their inner freaky freak," Estelle contends. Kardinal Offishall jumps in for a silly verse that adds to the free-form fun. "Approach with caution/Careful how you handle my drill," he quips. Estelle's breathy commands on the song's bridge ("I wanna hear you say," she coos) serve as the cherry atop this club-worthy treat.