Model/actress/dancer/singer/every rapper's dream girl Tinashe was highly ambitious when it came to the production side of her debut album. As mentioned, Sango shares "Cold Sweat" with Boi-1da and SykSense, but elsewhere on the album, you'll find DJ Mustard, Mike Will Made It, Cashmere Cat, and more (there's your cue to go check outAquarius). It's difficult to know which elements of "Cold Sweat" belong to who, but my guess is Sango's responsible for the skittering drums that sound like lust-induced heart palpitations underneath Tinashe's hot-breath'd whispers. Sango's grandfather was the percussionist in an afro-cuban band, and he trained Sango when he was a kid. The drums here definitely bare that influence with a live band, at times afro-beat, feel. We all know Boi-1da's ability to churn out a pop smash, but leave it to Sango to show off Tinashe's edgier side.
"Cold Sweat" isn't Sango's first noteworthy collab to date. Prior to his first major label feature, Sango has crafted beats for up-and-coming rappers and singers alike. Earlier this spring, Sango linked up with the buzzing anonymous young DC rapper GoldLink on "Wassup." The flute that opens the track sounds like something pulled deep from Sango's eclectic music library, but the sample actually belongs to another (big-time) producer, and one of Sango's idols: Timbaland. Sango takes the Indian flute off the Timbaland & Magoo track of the same name and re-works the original sample, layering over sputtering drums that would probably impress Tim himself.
Timbaland's best production work was somewhere between rap and r&b, a cosmic elixir that blended the feels of both genres, and it looks like Sango is after something similar. Take, for example, "Affection," a collab with Michigan-based nu-soul crooner JMSN (pronounced like the whiskey), off Sango's debut full-length North. JMSN's vocals are softened by Sango's lush, swervy chords and hardened again with every intermittent stab of percussion. It's slow, it's sexy, and it bumps.