Toronto-based Staasia Daniels has quietly established a "one to watch" tag for a collection of singles and videos in the past few years. Her debut EP, Hidden Gems, in 2016 grabbed attention and her latest, Mood Roulette, continues the forward momentum.
Equal parts playfulness and poise, Daniels' take on R&B veers into the dreamy and steamy sides of the genre. Drawing on the late '90s, early '00s genre sensibilities, Mood Roulette runs lean at seven tracks, but heavy in terms of polish and production. "Wait Fore Me" brings a savvy soul swing to the table, while the smoothness of "Nowhere," the hazy midtempo vibe of "Autumn Fine" and the decadent playfulness of "Peanut Butter" stand strong.
While "Voicemail" doesn't stick the landing, and "The End" ends up feeling superfluous, on the whole Mood Roulette conjures up feelings of love, longing, heartbreak and emotional independence. Daniels is deserving of all the attention that's coming her way. (Independent)