With less than a week to go until the release of her highly anticipated sophomore album, Phoenix, Rita Ora has unveiled a new track called ‘Velvet Rope’.
Showcasing her brilliant yet incredibly underrated vocals, ‘Velvet Rope’ is a soulful R&B jam which sees Rita look back at a past relationship gone wrong. “Only yesterday, you were beside me, -side me, now I’m just another one”, Rita sings as she wonders how the relationship deteriorated so quickly.
‘Velvet Rope’ allows Rita’s vocals to take centre stage as the production simply consists of a gentle piano melody. Whilst the track discusses a failed relationship, the melody of the song is uplifting, with a series of handclaps during the chorus and the addition of a choir in the latter half of the song brightening up the track wonderfully.
‘Velvet Rope’ follows in a similar vein to Rita’s last single ‘Let You Love Me’, with both songs showcasing the singer’s vulnerability. With Rita letting her guard down musically, the track is bound to resonate with many who have been in a similar position.
Listen to ‘Velvet Rope’ below.
‘Velvet Rope’ is the latest track to be unveiled from Phoenix, which is due for release on November 23. The album will also include Rita’s previous singles ‘Anywhere’, ‘Lonely Together’ with Avicii, ‘Your Song’, ‘For You’ with Liam Payne, ‘Girls’ with Cardi B, Bebe Rexha and Charli XCX, and ‘Let You Love Me’.
Rita has been busy teasing other songs from Phoenix on social media, and earlier today whilst sharing a snippet of a track called ‘Cashmere’, she revealed that the track would be released in full tomorrow.
Only 5 MORE DAYS until Phoenix. This song is called Cashmere and it's out tomorrow. I’ve waited so long for this ?? tell me all your thoughts! I’ll be showing you more snippets throughout the week… ?? pic.twitter.com/v0VBJ6pygS
— Rita Ora ? (@RitaOra) November 18, 2018
2018 has been an incredible year for Rita Ora. Among her many achievements, she recently broke a 30 year Official Charts Record with ‘Let You Love Me’. The track became her 13th top 10 hit on the Official Singles Chart, making her the British female artist with the most UK Top 10 singles.
Rita has also announced a world tour in support of her forthcoming album. The singer will visit Australia, Asia and Europe next year.