Samantha Urbani is the former leader of the New York band Friends, and she’s also done a ton of work with Blood Orange’s Dev Hynes. Lately, she’s been working on her own music, and she just posted “1 2 3 4,” her first official solo song, to Soundcloud. It’s a rippling, funky, smoothed-out piece of ’80s-style downtown pop, and it carries more than a hint of early Madonna. (That’s a compliment, and a big one.) Urbani wrote and co-produced the song with Sam Mehran, playing most of the instruments herself. Hynes contributed the piano and horn arrangement and Friends’ Matthew Molnar plays bass. Check it out below.
This may be only the first solo song that Urbani has shared, but it sure seems likely that there’s more on the way.