Mahalia – LOVE AND COMPROMISE
Mahalia’s official debut continues her rise to the realm of the purest R&B.
All of these tracks on LOVE AND COMPROMISE are convincing and sublimated by a smooth voice and a sparkling sound that takes us back to the 90s.
The British singer choose the right kind of collaborators for her debut: she explores the afrobeat sound on Simmer with Burna Boy and the mid-noughties R&B on What You Did thanks to the vibrant vocal from Ella Mai.
Overall, Mahalia has put on this album 13 songs that are a pleasure to listen to, both for lyrical content and for the groove.
In a musical genre dominated by artists like Jorja Smith, SZA, and Little Simz, there is a place for Mahalia too.
Kindness – Something Like A War
Although this new work by Kindness struggles to match the extreme beauty of the previous Otherness, it is still a great test for the English producer Adam Bainbridge.
In Something Like A War we can find his refined taste in different sounds, some shades of Caribou and Toro Y Moi, or a funk “Softness As A Weapon”, but the entire album sounds like a missed opportunity to go to a next level.
Frankie Cosmos – Close It Quietly
This album is the only supply we need for the winter. So let’s take a glass jar and fill it with the loud sound of indie-pop guitars, the wild flowers, the smell of the sea, and all the choruses we sung in the car riding with windows down. Then lock down the jar with one of those grandmother’s caps and keep in a drawer. It will be nice to reopen it on January and feel the warm smell of summer.