by Andrew Sacher
Kelela at MHOW during CMJ 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
R&B boundary pusher Kelela just followed her impressive debut album/mixtape CUT 4 ME with a new single, "The High." Like on her mixtape, she eschews typical R&B production in favor of working with producers of the IDM/bass/future garage/etc variety. This one, produced by Gifted & Blessed, is murky, downtempo and hardly melodic, and it serves as an excellent background for the atmospheric crooning Kelela does on the track. Listen to it below.
Kelela plays around NYC a lot, and she'll do so again, as she's just announced two US shows to follow her appearance at SXSW: one in LA and one in NYC happening on April 3 at Rough Trade with "special guests." Tickets for the NYC show go on sale Friday (2/7) at noon.
All dates are listed, along with the new song stream, below...
Kelela - "The High" (prod. GIfted & Blessed)
Kelela -- 2014 Tour Dates
3/12-3/14 - Austin, TX - SXSW
4/2 - Los Angeles - The Echo
4/3 - Brooklyn, NY - Rough Trade NYC