Finding her home on Warp Records, Kelela is building up an unrivalled rep right now. She first came to prominence with her excellent mixtape Cut 4 Me in 2013 which earned her praise in all the right places and has since gone on to quickly be recognised as one of the most unique, exciting vocalists and songwriting talents coming through into the wider world.
Kelela developed her approach singing over experimental instrumentals thinking to herself, “is there a place for a weird black girl in this music?’ – I had to make sense of these two things inside myself, the color of my voice in all it’s R&B glory and all the other music that was resonating with me.” With her latest EP Hallucinogen, she has made that place – pulling the parts together under the umbrella of Kelela, incorporating different voices and inspirations, from Janet to Wiley, from Tamia to Aphex Twin– a universe Kelela is building for herself. With her album epic well underway, Kelela’s vision of progressive soul music is about to shine very bright. Hallucinogen is a strikingly realized piece that brings that into sharp focus.