Jhene Aiko's faint, sorrowing music may be the face of West Coast R&B right now, but Candice's 'Live From the Smokers Room' is a perfect alternative if you're looking for sex appeal with a little more strength.

The rising L.A. songstress has just released her new free EP, 'Live From the Smokers Room,' and it leaves a lasting first impression. The project lives up to its title with plenty of cinematic, smooth-as-sativa beats while Candice's vocals burst through the fog with grace.

Naturally, romance and heartbreak are a recurring theme in songs featured on 'The Smokers Room.' But Candice doesn't dwell in her emotions for long, seamlessly switching it up with confident, club-catered cuts like 'Never Turn Down' and 'Loaded,' which features up-and-coming Oakland rapper Clyde Carson.

Despite not being listed as a guest, Ne-Yo quietly contributes to the project, lending backing vocals to 'Smoker's Room' and 'Greatest Song I Ever Felt.' In fact, Candice is rumored to be the latest addition to the crooner's imprint, Compound Entertainment.

Whether the deal is made official or not, it's a sign that bigger and better things are on the horizon for this soaring songbird.

Download the singer's 'Live From the Smokers Room' here.

Listen to Candice's 'Live From the Smokers Room'