Kali Uchis’ ‘Red Moon in Venus’: Album Review

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No one should define themselves by awards, but the nomination of Colombian-American singer Kali Uchis in three unusually wide-ranging Grammy categories is revealing: runner-up for R&B performance, dance recording and sultry 2020 Spanish language musica urbana abum’s second full-length, “Fearless (Love and Others”). On Demons).” And in the 11 years since his awesome debut mixtape “Drunken Babble”, Uchis has collaborated with Creator Tyler, SZA, Gorillaz, Snoop Dogg, Mac Miller, Steve Lacy, Rico Nasty, Kaytranada (collaborations at “10%”). made the union. ” earned her a Grammy dance win) and many more – but her biggest hit is her own “Telepatía,” the first song by a female solo artist to topped Billboard’s Latin songs chart in almost a decade (and it won her a crossover award). Variation’2021 Hit Makers).

But equally unusually, her voice has elements of all of the above – basically a combination of R&B, Latin, hip-hop and alt-pop, but the dance element is less prominent in her latest, “Red Moon in Venus.” A lush, flamboyant, sweet jacuzzi of an album evokes dreams of plush feather beds, fluffy pillows and bubble baths, but the lyrics occasionally give the listener chills: Witness “Hasta Cuando” – “Your daughter is talking shit about me just to feel better/ Years later about the fact that you’re still obsessed with me/ At the end of the day, he’d cuddle if I let him”; and “Moral Conscious”: “There’s something about karma, that bitch will find you.” His voice may sound sweet, but Kali Uchis isn’t playing.

While “Sin Miedo” is sung predominantly in Spanish, with occasional English lines and great contribution from superstar Latin producer Tainy, this lyric reverses the formula and brings in a host of collaborators: Omar Apollo, Summer Walker and Don Toliver each guest song a piece and there are a dozen or so different producers: Josh Crocker returns for three, Manuel Lara and Albert Hype team two, Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins, Benny Blanco, and Kendick Lamar vet Soundwave work one at a time. But despite this multilingual team, the atmosphere and sound are different but the same: Uchis himself sets the tone and makes the decisions.

Lots of references here – “Blue” is the best Sade song since the last Sade album (complete with a distant “Smooth Operator” saxophone) and “Love Between” has the spirit of ’70s Philly reminiscent of Silk Sonic. retro fetish – but these are fleeting glances. As cliché as it sounds, despite the beat in the lyrics, “Red Moon in Venus” is a record for dimming the lights, lighting the candles, and getting out of “again.”

and her hit “Telepatía” became the first song by a female solo artist to topped Billboard’s Latin songs chart in almost a decade.

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