Erika de Casier - Essentials

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the whole Erika de Casier album is really lovely, my favourite is "Space"

― ufo, Saturday, 27 July 2019 06:37

'What U Wanna Do?' -> 'Rainy' -> 'Space' is a great run.

Anyway, this album is ideal ILM fodder (and I mean that in a good way).

― pomenitul, Saturday, 3 August 2019 13:50

maybe make a thread for it? i really love it. it's drawing so heavily on 90s r&b but the production feels much more modern with how much space there is and every individual sound is so good

― ufo, Saturday, 3 August 2019 14:35

I considered making a thread for it too!

― boxedjoy, Saturday, 3 August 2019 19:29

Here is that thread.

Luxuriant, sumptuous r&b. I've seen a few write-ups point to a G-funk influence but to me the more obvious reference point is the stuttering funk of millenial r&b - "Bills Bills Bills" and "No Scrubs" - lots of harpsichord melodies and stop-start percussion. The vibe is somewhere between Sade in 1992 and Janet in 1997 - I'd also say "intimate" except the album does it for me, twice, in two different versions:

The production comes from Casier herself and DJ Central, and there's definitely a textural influence from deep house. Casier's voice is soft and tender, it makes me think of #cassiefanclub in its unshowy plainness. I can imagine comparisons to Jessy Lanza and Kelela but this is much more of a purist's interpretation of r&b.

boxedjoy, Wednesday, 14 August 2019 20:47 (nine months ago) link

the beats make me think of Whitney's "My Love is Your Love", which I love. The vocal, bizarrely perhaps, reminds me of The Digable Planets.

Funky Isolations (jed_), Wednesday, 14 August 2019 21:15 (nine months ago) link

I totally love this. It’s like the sensuous yin to Abra’s yang

Tim F, Wednesday, 14 August 2019 22:12 (nine months ago) link

Also I was NOT prepared for the 1994 Neil Trix jungle realness of the club mix of “Intimate”!!!

Tim F, Wednesday, 14 August 2019 22:24 (nine months ago) link

Seriously this remix is one of the absolute best things I've heard this year. It has me flashing on Janet's "Empty".

Generally speaking the album is so lovely. I've often thought about how even before "One In A Million" came out some of the more sensuous, sumptuous R&B arrangements were almost there, stuff like TLC's "Diggin' On You" is the softest breath away from it. And I feel like this album really leans into that particular crossover point, everything is simultaneously involving and relaxing, seductive yet murderous.

Tim F, Thursday, 15 August 2019 06:12 (nine months ago) link

absolutely one of my favourites of the year. i agree with boxedjoy that turn-of-the-millennium r&b is the main reference point but i hear g-funk pretty prominently too. it has a much more luxurious and space-filled sound compared to most of the turn-of-the-millenium stuff (which has that very dry and compressed sound) though and this + the deep house textures really elevates it above the level of pastiche

ufo, Thursday, 15 August 2019 08:02 (nine months ago) link

oh this is really fantastic

devvvine, Thursday, 15 August 2019 10:02 (nine months ago) link

The lower-key, trip-hop-ish numbers are closest to my heart, obv.

pomenitul, Thursday, 15 August 2019 10:04 (nine months ago) link



'Fruit' is amazing. I'll have to check out the rest.

pomenitul, Thursday, 15 August 2019 10:05 (nine months ago) link

do my thing deserves to be massive

devvvine, Thursday, 15 August 2019 10:07 (nine months ago) link

nice, sensuous late night music.

je est un autre, l'enfer c'est les autres (alex in mainhattan), Thursday, 15 August 2019 20:52 (nine months ago) link

Yes!! I’ve been really enjoying this record

josh winters (josh), Friday, 16 August 2019 02:06 (nine months ago) link

count me in on this one as well. The most Janety thing I've heard since Take Me Apart I guess.

monotony, Friday, 16 August 2019 02:21 (nine months ago) link

I hear INOJ and Samantha Mumba in her voice and in the music

josh winters (josh), Wednesday, 21 August 2019 05:26 (nine months ago) link

Another reference point that occurred to me (re the music) was the uptempo stretches of ‘Embrya’ - that sense of modern R&B as if heard (or perhaps performed) from underwater.

Tim F, Thursday, 22 August 2019 10:26 (nine months ago) link

kinda wish there was a club mix for every track on the album since "intimate (club mix)" is so good

ufo, Friday, 23 August 2019 13:59 (nine months ago) link

album is a fucking miracle

american bradass (BradNelson), Tuesday, 27 August 2019 00:58 (nine months ago) link

Really bugs the shit out of me that this is not available on CD. Some of us still own stereos . . .

does it look like i'm here (jon123), Tuesday, 27 August 2019 10:17 (nine months ago) link

I like this a lot. It reminds me a little of Cassie but I find the production a bit too sterile/ibiza-wine-bar-background-music to my taste to really be great.

AlXTC from Paris, Tuesday, 27 August 2019 10:24 (nine months ago) link


Tim F, Tuesday, 27 August 2019 11:32 (nine months ago) link

you need a clean environment for intimacy

j., Tuesday, 27 August 2019 15:53 (nine months ago) link

kinda wish there was a club mix for every track on the album since "intimate (club mix)" is so good

― ufo, Friday, August 23, 2019 1:59 PM (five days ago) bookmarkflaglink

^^^^ but also kinda wish the genre comprising this and dawn richard's "black lipstick" was in fact a genre with, like, other songs in it.

Tim F, Wednesday, 28 August 2019 00:03 (nine months ago) link

There isn’t a single bad song on this. An album that really lives up to its name.

winters (josh), Wednesday, 4 September 2019 06:44 (nine months ago) link

yeah when the worst* songs on here are like "good time" and "story of my life" that's a great problem to have

*worst only in the sense of being a step below the really amazing songs like "intimate" and "space"

Tim F, Wednesday, 4 September 2019 06:51 (nine months ago) link

Hmm I put good time in my top picks from the album — great concept

ILX’s bad boy (D-40), Wednesday, 4 September 2019 08:04 (nine months ago) link

Yeah it’s actually great? It’s just that sometimes i’m thrown by the (deliberately) laziness of “I had a rillyrillyrillyrilly good time” (and then other times I love it). Which is my point about the general greatness of the album I guess.

Tim F, Wednesday, 4 September 2019 08:52 (nine months ago) link

yeah i guess it just seems cute & unforced for that reason ... its like the thing you say when you want to say more but are afraid of bungling the articulation so your vocabulary regresses

ILX’s bad boy (D-40), Thursday, 5 September 2019 00:02 (nine months ago) link

one month passes...

Just discovered that Erika was (is?) part of an alt-R&B duo called Saint Cava:

winters (josh), Tuesday, 22 October 2019 05:24 (seven months ago) link

winters (josh), Tuesday, 22 October 2019 05:28 (seven months ago) link

iirc it's a was, they broke up then she teamed up with dj sports for a single a few years ago which lead to the album

ufo, Tuesday, 22 October 2019 05:47 (seven months ago) link

i forgot to post this but this was the single (by dj central, her main collaborator on essentials, though dj sports did do a remix like he did for "intimate" and he also co-produced some of the album iirc?)

ufo, Saturday, 26 October 2019 03:32 (seven months ago) link

new remix of "little bit" by erika & el-trick (dj central)

ufo, Wednesday, 6 November 2019 10:05 (six months ago) link

two months pass...

My favourite discovery from the 2019 EOY nominations. Has anyone seen her live? Just got tickets for the London show next month.

Chewshabadoo, Wednesday, 29 January 2020 10:25 (four months ago) link

when she whispers her voice somehow reminds me of stina nordenstam. very girlish and immediate. which is a good thing obviously.

walking towards the sun since 2007 (alex in mainhattan), Wednesday, 29 January 2020 18:47 (four months ago) link

two weeks pass...

this album is really pretty much perfect at what it does

ufo, Friday, 14 February 2020 08:12 (three months ago) link

two months pass...

Erika did a remix of Dua Lipa's "Physical" and bodied the vocal with her prod.:

winters (josh), Saturday, 25 April 2020 18:32 (one month ago) link

this album is incredible

megan thee macallan 18 year (||||||||), Saturday, 25 April 2020 18:52 (one month ago) link

three weeks pass...

gorgeous unreleased song here

ufo, Monday, 25 May 2020 23:30 (one week ago) link

whole set is lovely

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