Review: Bouncing his time between Antibalas and his Marcos Garcia and Chico Mann projects, Chico returns after several years of silence with a sweet slice of lolloping broken soul. With its soft padded synths and cotton wool hug of Kendra Morris's vocals, there's a delicate tumble to proceedings as we nod and slide into a sound that's remained in its own soul universe since emerging almost 20 years ago. When done as well and with as much authenticity as this, it's timeless.
Review: Since the success of his breathlessly good debut album 99.9% in 2016, Kaytranada has become one of the most in-demand producers on the future R&B and leftfield hip-hop scenes. Here he takes a break from remixing Robert Glasper and producing Craig David records to drop three high-grade instrumental versions of tracks included on last year's U.S-only "Nothin Like U" EP. "Chances", a gorgeous mix of spacey chords, crunchy MPC beats, intergalactic synths and lilting melodies, sets the tone, before he reaches for the pianos on the low-down fusion of twinkling pianos, rolling beats and raw bass that is "It Was Meant 2 B". Closer "Track 3", meanwhile, is a sparkling slab of unfussy positivity.
Bus Ride (feat Karriem Riggins & River Tiber) (2:13)
Got It Good (feat Craig David) (3:48)
Together (feat Aluna George & GoldLink) (3:18)
Drive Me Crazy (feat Vic Mensa) (4:38)
Weight Off (feat BadBadNotGood) (2:36)
One Too Many (feat Phonte) (3:39)
Despite The Weather (2:02)
Glowed Up (feat Anderson Paak) (4:59)
Breakdance Lesson N.1. (4:29)
You're The One (feat Syd The Kid) (3:52)
Vivid Dreams (feat River Tiber) (4:39)
Lite Spots (3:49)
Leave Me Alone (feat Shay Lia) (4:38)
Bullets (feat Little Dragon) (4:59)
Bus Ride (feat Karriem Riggins & River Tiber)
Got It Good (feat Craig David)
Together (feat Aluna George & GoldLink)
Drive Me Crazy (feat Vic Mensa)
Weight Off (feat BadBadNotGood)
One Too Many (feat Phonte)
Despite The Weather
Glowed Up (feat Anderson Paak)
Breakdance Lesson N.1.
You're The One (feat Syd The Kid)
Vivid Dreams (feat River Tiber)
Leave Me Alone (feat Shay Lia)
Bullets (feat Little Dragon)
Review: Since debuting on Bromance in 2013, Kaytranada has become one of the leading lights on the future R&B scene. Given his track record, it's understandable that there's plenty of hype surrounding 99.9%, his long await debut album. The 15-track sees him showcasing the depth and variety of his beat making, production and compositional skills. Thus, the string-drenched jazziness of "Bus Ride" is followed by the off-kilter R&B pop of "Got It Good", and the Onra-ish synth-hop soul of "One Too Many" sits side by side with the double bass, Rhodes and Latin-influenced beats of "Despite The Weather". It's pretty expansive, clocking in at 15 tracks deep, but the quality never dips throughout. Recommended.
Review: It's only been a year since his last release but in that time Stones Throw man Kiefer has toured the USA and Europe, released a mini-album as well as making three beats for Anderson .Paak's last two albums "Oxnard" and "Ventura". "Superbloom" finds him at his best, with invigorating sunny day beats and bright synths soundtracking a lovely afternoon the park. Jazz stylings, introspective chords and plaintive piano playing make this an emotionally stirring record with real depth, and one that reveals more with each listen. It feels like Kiefer's most honest, vulnerable and personal album yet.