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Mace and Crown | May 22, 2018

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Kali Uchis drops debut album

Johnessa Richard | Contributing Writer

Kali Uchis released her new album, “Isolation” on April 6, reluctantly, the same as hip-hop superstar, Cardi B. The Colombian-American singer has dropped many projects before becoming the well-known artist she is today.

From her mixtape, “Drukken Babble” to her long-standing friendships with other artists like Tyler the Creator who also helped her produce her 2015 EP, “Por Vida.”  

The singer performed “After the Storm” and announced the debut of the album on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon on March 14. Her performance on the show proved that she is a star, and capable of being one of the biggest artists in the world.

Uchis has released three singles from the album to offset much anticipation from her fans (many from her home of Colombia). These huge singles include “Tyrant” featuring English singer, Jorja Smith, “Nuestro Planeta” feat. Reykon, and “After the Storm” featuring Bootsy Collins and Tyler the Creator.

The “After the Storm” single has now also been crowned gold and has steadily driven up in sales ever since.  The song is a very 60’s inspired song with hard-hitting sounds from the era (i.e. the bass, kick drum, etc.). It feels as though this song is a complete embodiment of who the singer is, and how she represents herself as a brand.

Each record having their own personal style and comforting jazz-inspired sound.  Drawing major inspiration from Billie Holiday and so many other historic women in music Kali consistently use her voice to leave everything she has on a record. Her 60’s style and sound present a strong command over her records.

Kali explores many facets of “R&B” but with a very specific flair. The album definitely has notes of the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘90s R&B with a touch of rock all with her own unique taste. Her melodic soothing voice is accompanied by the “beach bops” or tunes to cruise down the road to. California vibes for sure. No need to hit skip, but instead a shuffle or repeat.

Overall, the album has both lyrical content and feelings of being cool, calm, and collected. From the beginning to the end we find that it’s frankly filled with complete bops. This was an amazing body of work that I can’t wait to see more from Kali Uchis!