India Shawn’s imagination runs wild on her new song “Exchange,” co-written and co-produced by Oscar and Grammy winner D’Mile.
The production of “Exchange” is tangled in an exotic percussion, a steady guitar line, and a placid piano. Each element evenly blends with her sultry murmurs of give-and-take in a romance that faces its shares of bumps and bruises.
Yet, what makes their love worth fighting through is the bedroom sighs they supply one another after the dust settles.
“Exchange / I said it feels good inside when we trade / It feels good when we trade pleasure / For pleasure / That’s all I want, give me pleasure,” she sings.
Shawn described to Rated R&B that “Exchange” is “by far the sexist song” she’s ever written.
She added, “It’s about love, pleasure, and reciprocity. As I evolve in my career and womanhood, it’s becoming increasingly to show up as my whole self, sexy and sensually included.”
Shawn packaged the new song with a soft, luscious video where she puts her femininity on showcase.
“Exchange” is the first song from Shawn this year. In late 2021, she shared the EP Before We Go. The seven-track project released on Epic Records included the singles “Not Too Deep” featuring 6LACK and “Movin’ On” with Anderson .Paak.
“I think that mutual trust and friendship really resonate. You can hear that in the music. It’s feel-good energy. It’s positive energy.”
Shawn still working on her debut album, which is slated to arrive this year. In the meantime, she is gearing up for a set at Lollapalooza in Chicago later this summer.
Listen to India Shawn’s new song “Exchange” below.