With her 2012 debut album Perfectly Imperfect, Elle Varner proved you can still make compelling R&B in a traditionalist mold. She’s been leaking promising material from follow-up 4 Letter Word recently — including the great “Little Did You Know,” which we covered in The Week In Pop back in April — and today she’s unveiled the album’s official lead single. “Don’t Wanna Dance” is an irresistible midtempo cut about being out at the club feeling wistful, wishing you were at home with the one you love. It features a guest verse from A$AP Ferg, who’s been getting around lately (he just jumped on a remix with HAIM too) and who proposes an evening on the couch watching Martin in comfortable footwear. That sounds fantastic, and so does the song. Listen below.
4 Letter Word is due out this fall on RCA.