$aint is an R&B artist originally from San Francisco and based in New York City. Four years ago, the singer made her debut as part of a guest spot on the Cloud Brooks track “Body Talkin’” alongside Rob Gotham, under the name Saint B. Having re-emerged in the new decade with a steady output and a new moniker, $aint continues to showcase multiple aspects of her talent and personality. Her latest single, “Cute,” especially excels at that, effectively portraying its sentiment both visually and aesthetically.
I’m instantly drawn to the single’s cover art, which consists of $aint in a pale blue background, donning pale pink clothing that earns bonus appeal from her matching boba tea. The track’s instrumentation, done by producer TITOBANDITO, complements the immediacy factor, as a joyful kalimba supplements its hip hop-influenced beat with similar percussive accents. Throughout, $aint’s vocal tonality rings clearly, and exhibits a kind of playful elasticity that contributes to its positive nature. While $aint’s previous singles have focused on more serious and somewhat darker thematic angles, by contrast, this song is more down to earth, and its focus on a date so idyllic to the point of feeling dreamlike rounds it out nicely.