World, meet Nikki Williams, the striking chanteuse who’s serving up something deadly with her debut single, “Kill, Fuck, Marry.” For her first offering, the South African songbird, signed to Chameleon Records/Island Def Jam, went straight for the jugular with a sweeping single penned by Sia and produced by Stargate, and the results are nothing short of epic. Williams’ powerful vocals soar over a hazy midtempo beat, with a chorus that’s cleverly morbid: “Don’t know what I should do/Can’t fuck or marry you,” she sings, leaving the darkest option unspoken. It’s a sharp take on the infamous party game.
Most impressively, though, the visuals — a shadowy video that evokes Lana Del Rey‘s best clips — provide a sterling accompaniment to the single. (Hint: There’s a gun, y’all.) One to watch in 2013? Absolutely — if we aren’t dead yet. Watch the video up top.