Sexy. Certain. Carnal. Smooth. Vanessa Elisha’s cover of “Friendly Skies” – a little-known track from Missy Elliott’s 1997 debut album Supa Dupa Fly – is a masterful first date for those unfamiliar, and a sensual, symbiotic revisit of a 20-year-old R&B classic for those who are already hip.
Smartly written, “Friendly Skies” is full of cheeky, aerial innuendo paired perfectly with Vanessa’s desirous vocal styling. This cover is as hypnotic as the original in every way while standing on its own as an authentic taunt down memory lane.
We can’t wait for her debut It’s a Day and Night Thing EP to drop later this month. In all fairness, sexy music never hurt nobody. We got our first taste of Vanessa Elisha after listening to “Midnight Swim,” and it’s clear she has no plans of dialing down her spot on, come-hither appeal and delivery. We’d be living in a much crueler world if she had. Listen for yourself below.