PUT THIS IN YOUR DEN for the transcendent new record from rising-star Kelela. Take a pinch of neo-soul, a hefty portion of dancey electronic, and fold in some ambient vibes - and cook until ready, and you'll have the general feel for this album. While undeniably a thoroughly enjoyable listen, you'll also get the sense that you're experiencing something important and groundbreaking.
Available on 2xLP on clear wax
Raven is the long-anticipated sequel to Kelela’s impeccable studio debut. Kelela emerges from the tides of her higher self’s oceanic orbit with a fifteen-track, continuous play LP exploring autonomy, belonging and self-renewal as healing. With all the sonic, visual, and physical sensualism that magnetized her early core fanbase, Kelela’s new album finds her more certain and at ease with her creative fluidity’s exceptionality, no matter how high or wide its waves.
“I started this process from the feeling of isolation and alienation I’ve always had as a black femme in dance music, despite its black origins. RAVEN is my first breath taken in the dark, an affirmation of black femme perspective in the midst of systemic erasure and the sound of our vulnerability turned to power”