If you’ve been frequenting JOVM over the last year, the Nottingham-born and London-based producer, remixer, DJ and vocalist (among other things) Ronika may be familiar to you. Her Selectadisc EP, which paid tribute to the beloved record shop where the young producer brought albums; and in fact, the album was praised for its crate-digging aesthetic as it borrowed liberally from disco, hip-hop, house, R&B and soul. 

Ronika’s most recent releases have found the artist developing a reputation for an aesthetic that sounds equally inspired by Chaka Khan’s I Feel For You and other 80s synth-based R&B and contemporary electro pop; however, her latest single “Step to My Beat” sounds as though it owes s much of a debt to 80s Freestyle as it does to R&B as the song is actually a bit of a tongue-in-cheek come on/call to get on the dance floor and fucking dance with the woman already. Every time, I’ve played the song i can practically picture myself back in 1986, watching the artist perform the song on Soul Train or American Bandstand in a neon gold lame outfit – because the 80s. 

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