Lizzo – Cuz I Love You
Some time ago, in a piece dedicated to Missy Elliott, we were talking about how much Misdemeanor had been an important piece in the history of rap, both for her artistic merits and for the fact that she had abolished, as a woman, a series of genre taboos, through the free expression of the body.
It’s no coincidence, I think, that Missy Elliott is present in Lizzo’s album that, in some way, continues her speech, literally stripping herself bare in her first full-length for a label.
In Cuz I Love You, music is just a means to undress, song by song, and assert self-confidence.
The eleven tracks don’t stand out for their excellent productions but surprise us in terms of the vocal – very powerful – and an incendiary rap that Lizzo fits even in the most classic of soulful melodies.
Loyle Carner – Not Waving But Drowning
Loyle Carner is one who is not afraid to tell you about that time that the waves were so high that she thought she would drown. So in this record comes out all the fragility of a sensitive artist who, with his soft and relaxed voice, goes deep into the emotional details of his personal life.
In the tracklist you can read the names of Jordan Rakei, Sampha and Jorja Smith who swim with him in this sea of emotions and existential dramas, providing him and almost providing us with a life jacket to avoid the risk of being swept away and drowned in it.
Here, listen to him as if he were a manual for learning to swim.
Kelsey Lu – Blood
The album opens with a declaration of non-love which is then a cover, in more or less gospel version, of I’m Not In Love by 10cc.
Despite this, Kelsey Lu’s Blood is a record that makes us fall in love right from that first track.
A debut, that of the singer-songwriter from North Carolina, that fully absorbs us, hypnotizing us track after track with that mixture of baroque pop, folk, ambient and, last but not least, classical music.
Among the producers, Skrillex, Jamie xx and Rodaidh McDonald that contribute to give the album a dark, experimental and sophisticated imprint.
Blood is an album in which you can hear all the influences of the artists with whom Lu has collaborated, from Solange to Florence + The Machine, reworked in a completely new and authentic proposal in which deep lyrics and evocative melodies stand out.