Live Performance, Miguel Sings ‘Coffee’ Live in the 1Xtra Live Lounge [Watch Video]
Coffee” was met with general acclaim from music critics. The song was chosen upon release as Pitchfork Media’s “Best New Track”. Meaghan Garvey stated that “in an age where our R&B heroes proclaim their lack of emotions a little too loudly, “Coffee” presents intimacy as infinitely bad-ass: “A cold flame, the thrill of no shame.
Pitchfork: So it makes sense that “Coffee (Fucking)”—an earlier, abridged version of which appeared on the three-song EP he released in December—channels the power-balladry of the 1980s, the last time this kind of unabashed sincerity was cool. “I’ve never felt comfortable like this,” he crows, a revelatory counterpoint to the last five years of cynical, intimacy-starved popular R&B presented by jaded men who court best from behind glowing screens. He’s never been shy about his Prince worship, and though “Coffee” isn’t as on-the-nose as Art Dealer Chic’s “Party Life”, I get the same awed impression of sex here that I take away from the best Prince songs: something at once mythical and easy, something that connects the dots between sweeping claims about the universe and some tiny freckle that no one’s ever noticed before. (And something that’s okay to laugh about, too—which begins to justify Wale’s puns about morning wood.) In an age where our R&B heroes proclaim their lack of emotions a little too loudly, “Coffee” presents intimacy as infinitely bad-ass: “A cold flame, the thrill of no shame.”