We Listened So You Didn’t Have To
October’s here, and so are a slew of new releases. Punk-pop King Krule is back, Kehlani is still dropping gems, and Kelela has just released her debut album!
Kehlani – “Honey”
Not currently streaming on Spotify, Kehlani threw this loosey up on YouTube and SoundCloud earlier this week. A simplistic acoustic R&B piece, Kehlani gives her voice room to really shine. The singer has always been best when the instrumentation is cut back, and “Honey” is no exception. I can’t wait to hear what Kehlani has in store for us next if this is just an online throwaway.
Sabrina Claudio – “We Have Time”
It’s a great week to be a contemporary R&B fan. Sabrina Claudio, best known for her beautiful breakout hit “Confidently Lost,” has just released her debut album, featuring the previous singles “Unravel Me” and “Belong To You”. The album includes a 6LACK remix of the latter. “We Have Time” is a wonky, woozy R&B jam, and an exemplary display of Claudio’s ability. Her album “About Time” is out now.
King Krule – “Half Man Half Shark”
London-based King Krule (AKA Archy Marshall) is currently building up to the release of his sophomore album, “The Ooz.” The album’s third single, ‘Half Man Half Shark” is dark, odd and high-octane, leaning more towards punk influences, rather than the electronic ambiance of his previous work. Ultimately, it’s just kind of okay, and some of the vocal effects can be a little distracting. It will be interesting to hear the song in the context of the album, however, where “Half Man Half Shark” and the ambient “Czech One” will appear alongside each other. “The Ooz” is out October 13.
Vulfpeck – “Baby I Don’t Know Oh Oh (feat. Charles Jones)”
Apparently, Vulfpeck has spent 2017 becoming an even more amazing pop/funk/soul band. Between this and “Birds Of A Feather, We Rock Together,” their next album is shaping to be a brilliant piece of work. Though Charles Jones’ vocals here aren’t quite as smooth as would suit the tune, there’s a genius bridge and pre-chorus section about halfway through the track. Perfect for a lazy Sunday.
Kelela – “Waitin”
I was so hoping that Kelela’s debut album would be as great as her previous projects. The singer’s appeal has consistently lain in her ability to combine unique vocalizations with hazy production and lazy beats. Unfortunately though, her new album “Take Me Apart” gives over to pop influences a little too much. “Waitin” in particular, suffers from a pretty boring dance/trap beat and does Kelela’s reverberated vocals no favors. The song just sounds a little too much like a poor man’s FKA Twigs.
Let us know what you think of these tracks down in the comments, and look out for next week’s list!