Kadhja Bonet makes her recording debut with this EP for Headcount. Dwelling in Los Angeles, it's hard not to hear a little of the Flying Lotus / Brainfeeder influence in Bonet’s psychedelically-tinged jazzy sound. She writes and sings electronic neo-R&B music, but with plenty of that spacey flair. This release adds 4 previous singles to The Visitor’s 6 tracks.
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Kadhja Bonet has a voice that doesn't seem to come from this world. It's utterly spellbindingly beautiful, so good that I can't in fact think of a comparison. A hint of Dusty Springfield at her most lush perhaps? But in this world of over emotive X Factor wannabes, of Winehouse copyists, it's lovely just to hear someone singing nicely, closely mic'd.
The songs she writes bring to mind the classic soul songwriting from the 60s and 70s. There are hints here and there of Diana Ross's more maudlin moments and the complexity of Burt Bacharach's compositions particularly on the title track which twists and turns all over the place taking in all manner of soul , jazz and R & B coming on like some kind of hazed of female ying to Stevie Wonder's yang. Yet it's not knowingly retro - there's none of the blindingly obvious nods to past hits that goes on in a lot of music that tries to recreate 'classic' sounds.
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