You might have heard Jade de LaFleur last year when she appeared on the Saint Heron album, a compilation of promising rising R&B singers put together by Solange Knowles. LaFleur follows up the Saint Heron compilation and her own Jaded EP with new song, “405.”
Listen to Lafleur’s Ro James-assisted, “405,” premiered here on The Juice.“405” is produced by Jamie Helms. It’s powered by contrast: The guitar and military-style drumming are all edges and angles, while the vocals from Lafleur and James are smooth and curved. The singing is sweet, but the subject matter is dangerous: The song starts with the line, “I grab the mask, you grab your gun.”
Lafleur has worked with the likes of James Fauntelroy and T-Pain. Saint Heron included a Lafleur number alongside tracks from artists who have done well this year: Jhene Aiko — who released her major-label debut album in September — and Sampha, who was a frequently-featured vocalist on SBTRKT‘s Wonder Where We Land.
Lafleur has been busy lately. Last month, she released “You Know I’m Down,” and promises more songs to come in 2015.