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Standout Track: No. 2, “Cut Off,” a high-spirited, electronic number from Muhsinah’s new EP, M, out July 29. It’s buffered by faint wails, a moderate tempo, and looped, primal-sounding backing vocals. From there, Muhsinah brightens the scant melody with a rousing soprano that bolsters the song’s lovelorn premise. “I love you but I’ll never call, it’s true,” she sings on the chorus. “When I say ‘I’m done,’ I mean ‘that’s all.’”

Musical Motivation: Muhsinah says she envisioned the song before she created it. “Literally, I heard it in my head—the speed and everything,” says the Annandale, Va., singer/producer. “I wanted it to feel like we’re with a big group of people and we’re all bouncing together.” “Cut Off” riffs on Muhsinah’s zodiac sign, too. “[Cancers are] lovey-dovey,” she says, “but if you hurt us, we’ll cut you off. We won’t even talk to you.”

Alone Time: Muhsinah recorded M during a week of reflection in her home. She was finishing a new full-length album and wanted to release something else in time for her July 20 birthday. “I like to see what I can come up with in a short period of time,” says Muhsinah, who turns 31 next week. “I took the time to get to know myself, to appreciate myself and say, ‘These are the things I love about you.’ I want people to know that it’s OK to be themselves.”

Muhsinah performs Sunday, July 20 at LIV Nightclub. Stream “Cut Off” after the jump.

“Cut Off” by Muhsinah

https://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/blogs/artsdesk/files/2014/07/02-Cut-Off.mp3?_=1

This post has been updated with the EP’s new release date: It was originally set to drop July 21, but will now be released on July 29.