Kelela drops her much anticipated debut mixtape CUT 4 ME featuring production from across the Fade To Mind and Night Slugs roster. As one of our favourite new artists of the year this release is particularly exciting, best of all it’s available for free. Kelela’s open minded to warped, sonically exuberant R&B is not something that should be overlooked as ‘just another’ by-product of genre revivalism. Truth is with producers like Kingdom, NA, Napolian, Tariq & Garfield, Jam City, Nguzunguzu, Bok Bok, Girl Unit, Jam City and Morri$ attached to her serene, power-charged vocals – she’s doing something here very few singers do this well. Her approach uses the foundations laid down by pioneering female R&B vocalists like Kelis but confidently brings into this decade. Cut 4 Me is unrepentant and for a mixtape is already miles ahead of pretty much everything available across mainstream channels. Kelela is where its at; And the fact that she’s only just started is very exciting.
Stream and download below.
You can also catch Kelela performing with Bok Bok at this Friday’s must-attend Deviation session – further details here.