Kelis’s brass-heavy performance at NPR’s showcase was one of the best gigs we caught at this year’s SXSW, and it rocketed her new record Food all the way up our list of most anticipated records of 2014, so we’re psyched that it’s now streaming a week in advance of its physical release date via, of course, NPR. You’ve heard “Jerk Ribs” and “Rumble;” now take a listen to the jams that wowed us live, like “Breakfast” and “Friday Fish Fry,” and get in tune with Kelis’s singular vocals presiding over the electrifying thirteen-piece band brought to the table by producer Dave Sitek. You can – and should – grab a physical copy at a record store starting April 22.
Finally, after announcing the release of her album last December and sharing ‘Rumble‘ (which just got remixed by Breach FYI) in February, we’re now able to stream Kelis’ entire ‘Food’ in full before its release on Ninja Tune April 22.
Entirely produced by Dave Sitek (founder of TV On The Radio and producer for the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Liars and Foalsamongst others), her new album is a homecoming for Kelis: a soul record that’s as raw and alternative as it is classic. ‘Food’ is a startling combination of Kelis’ most frank and vulnerable vocals to date, and Sitek’s inimitable sonic imprint. Littered with transcendent, Spector-esque lift, warm bottom ends and vast depth, the music is the perfect backdrop for Kelis’ unique voice. The latter has only improved with time and experience, and the album candidly explores pain, happiness and everything in between.
The whole thing is streaming in full via NPR- head there now!
After blowing our fucking minds with a twelve-piece band, Nina Simone cover, and trombone solo-packed version of “Milkshake” at SXSW, Kelis is gearing up to release her new, Dave Sitek-produced record Food soon. To get you psyched up, she’s dropped the video for “Rumble,” which features her lounging on a Victorian parlor chair in the middle of a lake as various dudes flyfish, canoe, and wail on trumpets behind her. Check it out - Food is out April 22.