Kali Uchis

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I think I like Kali as a pop star but I'm not sure I'm totally convinced by her music. Debut album out today and it sounds a bit patchy to me tbh. Seen some really enthusiastic reviews of it though. What does ILM think of Kali Uchis?

i'm surprised to see your screwface at the door (NickB), Friday, 6 April 2018 12:40 (ten months ago) Permalink

I really liked "Tyrant" last fall but didn't like the follow-up that much. Just starting the album now: I like her voice a lot, but I'm a little surprised at how, idk, ~produced~ this is. This veers much closer to Midnite Vultures territory than I expected.

rob, Friday, 6 April 2018 12:59 (ten months ago) Permalink

the songs i enjoyed the most first time round were 'your teeth in my neck', 'nuestra planeta' and 'tomorrow' iirc, but 'in my dreams' is really cute too. i think i prefer it when it doesn't sound like something made in y2k, but i gotta say that kali's performance is pretty great the whole way through

i'm surprised to see your screwface at the door (NickB), Friday, 6 April 2018 13:21 (ten months ago) Permalink

giving this a second spin right now and I like it much, much more than the other day. I think that's down mostly to being in a better mood, but knowing to expect the layered, retro-ish arrangements, I can appreciate them better. It also helps that I saw Om'Mas Keith is on this as bits really remind me of City Pulse, which was kind of distracting.

rob, Monday, 16 April 2018 20:04 (ten months ago) Permalink

"Nuestro Planeta" is so good. we need a full Kali & Miguel album en espaƱol

rob, Monday, 16 April 2018 20:17 (ten months ago) Permalink

this video is fun (15.7M views!!)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9f5zD7ZSNpQ

i'm surprised to see your screwface at the door (NickB), Monday, 16 April 2018 20:24 (ten months ago) Permalink

think this is still my favourite kali from a couple of years back:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bUANL9WoB90

i'm surprised to see your screwface at the door (NickB), Monday, 16 April 2018 20:30 (ten months ago) Permalink

This is very much my album of the year by some distance. I'm surprised it's not getting that much attention on here.

kitchen person, Tuesday, 17 April 2018 03:36 (ten months ago) Permalink

nothing really stood out on first listen to me from this album except the intro track which was fantastic, and the one produced by Damon Albarn which sounded vaguely like The Cure

ufo, Tuesday, 17 April 2018 04:27 (ten months ago) Permalink

i think one of my issues with this is that neo-soul leaning production makes it hard not to think about erykah or amy winehouse and kali's voice sounds really thin in comparison - she gets shown up by jorja smith on 'tyrant' for instance. was listening to it again and my wife said it reminded her of lily allen - needlessly cruel imo but now i can't shift that thought. 'nuestro planeta' is still great though!

i'm surprised to see your screwface at the door (NickB), Tuesday, 17 April 2018 09:52 (ten months ago) Permalink

the songs i enjoyed the most first time round were 'your teeth in my neck', 'nuestra planeta' and 'tomorrow'

these are my exact three favorite songs from the album lol

bhad bhabie...you gon' hurt your bhack (voodoo chili), Thursday, 19 April 2018 16:48 (ten months ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

uh im very late to this party but holy shit this chica

Thee Macallan 18 Year, Thursday, 10 May 2018 16:28 (nine months ago) Permalink

I really like this album. At first I thought it was nice enough, but after several times through I find myself looking forward to almost every song.

a man often referred to in the news media as the Duke of Saxony (tipsy mothra), Thursday, 10 May 2018 16:42 (nine months ago) Permalink

otm. glides very nicely from style to style. my favorites haven't changed but "your teeth in my neck" is pulling away as the standout moment on the record

808s & Deep States (voodoo chili), Thursday, 10 May 2018 16:46 (nine months ago) Permalink

Good stuff even if her voice isn't the greatest

curmudgeon, Friday, 11 May 2018 14:26 (nine months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

uh im very late to this party but...
I've finally gotten around to the LP too. Super stuff, exactly what I want from a pop record and the occasional sci-fi touches are the icing on the cake.

Jeff W, Monday, 28 May 2018 11:31 (eight months ago) Permalink

^this

dorsalstop, Monday, 28 May 2018 12:30 (eight months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Isolation just keeps getting better and better for me. It's making a great summer soundtrack. Flight 22 is my current favourite, that last minute is really something.

kitchen person, Thursday, 5 July 2018 14:17 (seven months ago) Permalink

finally getting around to this and it sounds perfect for a sunny day and the way she sings "neck" with two syllables is enchanting

boxedjoy, Thursday, 19 July 2018 10:18 (seven months ago) Permalink

two months pass...

I'm late on the discovery but that's a very well situated album in terms of genres and balance. I'm still amazed at how highly consistent pop albums have become in the recent years.

Nabozo, Wednesday, 19 September 2018 09:00 (five months ago) Permalink

"Killer" sounded so familiar and I eventually found the song I was thinking of: You told a lie by Camera Obscura. I think it's accidental but it's both the orchestration and vocal line.

Nabozo, Wednesday, 19 September 2018 09:14 (five months ago) Permalink

it took me a while but this album is really solid after all. "in my dreams" still sounds so much like "close to me" though

ufo, Wednesday, 19 September 2018 10:11 (five months ago) Permalink

She was really cool in the nardwuar interview

Ross, Wednesday, 19 September 2018 12:41 (five months ago) Permalink

two months pass...

Surprised how lukewarm folks were about this (Kitchen Person excepted) as this has snuck up to be one of my favourite albums of the year.

Dan Worsley, Sunday, 9 December 2018 21:48 (two months ago) Permalink

Same!

Your sweetie-pie-coo-coo I love ya (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 9 December 2018 22:04 (two months ago) Permalink

Yep, still loving it here too. Definitely in my top five of the year at this point.

kitchen person, Sunday, 9 December 2018 23:16 (two months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

The way the bass slips into Your Teeth In My Neck.

Also this song is crying out for a leftfield remix. So many nice little touches.

Your dad's Carlos Boozer and you keep him alive (fionnland), Monday, 4 February 2019 21:44 (two weeks ago) Permalink


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