Her new EP, Hallucinogen, uses the gristle and guts of feeling as a thematic base for exploring new textures in music. Like Cut 4 Me, the sound is like being enveloped in the black-lit silence of the intro to Belly: it’s a sensuous, sensitive, hi-definition approach to R&B
Hallucinogen is the debut extended play (EP) by American singer and songwriter Kelela. It was released on October 9, 2015, by Warp Records. In an interview with The Fader, Kelela discussed the inspiration behind each of the songs on Hallucinogen. A Message" and "Hallucinogen" were recorded at the same session with Arca before Cut 4 Me was finished
Hallucinogen is the title-track of the EP by Kelela, which was released on 9 October 2015. The lyrics to the song are completely improvised and the song was recorded in one take, and delay was later added to the vocals. com/artists/Arca and Kelela laughing at the creation process halfway through the song at 1:22. Hallucinogen" Track Info. Release Date October 9, 2015.
One of the albums that was on a tiny shortlist for Album Of The Week last week was Unbreakable, the first new Janet Jackson album in eight years. Jackson picked a good moment to come back. Unbreakable is, by her standards, a sweet and personal record, and it reunites her with Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, the production team who worked with her constantly at her peak. And while the record never goes out of its way to sound contemporary - Jackson is, after all, sadly pretty much the only person hitting Missy Elliott up for a guest verse in 2015 - it’s striking how of-the-moment Jackson sounds.
In that way, Hallucinogen shows Kelela’s remarkable confidence and strength through a fragility and willingness to admit faults and weaknesses. She chooses the cold landscapes of the trap beats, iced synths, and empty spaces to show that these too are places where she can thrive, even when everything has been stripped away. The EP is an artistic statement of growth, a first step that bodes well for the album that will inevitably follow - and hopefully one that will take larger steps into even lesser worn territory. Essential Tracks: Rewind, A Message, and All the Way Down.
Cut 4 Me, Kelela’s mixtape-cum-debut album was one of the most critically lauded albums by any new artist in 2013. The Maryland-raised R&B singer took relatively traditional genre-based song structures and sung them over beats and soundscapes that were produced by several underground DJs. The results were stunning mid-tempo and slow jam collaborations. They were disorienting, atmospheric and seductive, sometimes sinister. Kelela’s new six-track EP Hallucinogen takes that template but tightens it a little. The songs sound bolder and more defined, and the production more supportive of Kelela’s star quality.