Let’s be real – R&B just isn’t what it used to be. Hence when we were told by a friend to check out Kehlani‘s debut disc SweetSexySavage, we were expecting it to sound like every other Neo-Soul/Alternative-R&B album out in the past decade. But really it isn’t. Lead single Distraction‘s TLC influence is an unavoidable comparison. Even the album’s title itself rings of that Trio’s 1994 Grammy-winning disc CrazySexyCool. Many Millennials however won’t know that. Kehlani‘s debut disc possesses sensuality, soul and an understated Gen Z confidence that keeps us wanting to re-examine it. It’s fresh.
The 21-year-old Singer/Songwriter from Oakland, California originally aspired to be a dancer, curtailed by injury, but has managed plenty fine as a musician, making a critical splash with her 2014 Mixtape You Should be Here. SweetSexySavage however, is considered technically Kehlani‘s debut.
Check-out Distraction below:
Kehlani is definitely one to keep a tab on. She’s in Toronto early June for a show at Rebel.
Warner Music Canada release SWEETSEXYSAVAGE, downloadable here.