Sarah Khabbazi is a rising R&B act out of Vancouver who dropped her stunning debut EP, Trust Me, last month. The five-track release is an exceptionally fresh introduction, tapping underground beatmaker Fear of Goyard for a sound that takes on lo-fi trap and downtempo hip-hop.
Khabbazi fully embraces the production style, often vocalizing in brash, staccato lines like an aggravated MC. “You told me I fuck like a porn star when I’m on one/But you never tell me how beautiful I look in the morning,” she spits on “My Ex.” It’s a similar feel to the seductive and breathy flow of Kilo Kish, boasting the same self-assured moxie of hip-hop-pop savant Princess Nokia.
Beyond her clear charisma as a vocalist, Khabbazi is a dope lyricist. Her addictive verses are punchy yet understated, poetic without being heavy-handed or indulgent. “If I could kiss your brain I would/But I know you’re no good,” Khabbazi sings on the EP’s ballad “Boy,” featuring Cole Frizell.
Listen to Trust Me here. Check out Khabbazi’s newest feature below.