Kelela - Take Me Apart

Kelela — Take Me Apart

Warp, 2017

ALL CLEAN

Kelela Mizanekristos really outdoes herself on her debut LP. This is exquisite, ecstatic electronic music that oscillates between soft and harsh, pain and pleasure. It’s a breakup album, an ode to romantic love and a collection of club-rattling experimental bangers.

RIYD: Solange, Arca, club meets r&b meets experimental pop

BEST: 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 12, 14, all of them tbh

 

1. Frontline [5:39] — Rich, layered vocals over an eminently danceable beat. The album begins with a break-up.

2. Waitin [3:15] — Running into that person you just broke up with… awkward! Kelela takes that moment and makes it this totally beautiful instance of longing.

3. Take Me Apart [4:03] — Intimate lyrics over an epic, expansive sonic landscape.

4. Enough [5:09] — Gorgeous, explosive Arca production. This is pop music collapsing in on itself.

5. Jupiter [2:05] — Minimal electronic instrumentation and silky vocals melt in your mouth.

6. Better [4:26] — Catchy as hell. More slow, minimal ambient soundscapes.

7. LMK [3:38] — Dark, clubby instrumental. Shit slaps.

8. Truth Or Dare [4:12] — Glitchy, disjointed sex-pop.

9. S.O.S [2:22] — Warping harmonies in the electronic fuzz behind the vocals. Things are slowing down, here.

10. Blue Light [3:37] — Electric energy injection. Angular production.

11. Onanon [4:32] — Patched-together samples and some really adventurous instrumentation form a kind of sad sonic collage. We go on and on and on and on…

12. Turn To Dust [4:29] — Sumptuous cello and plucked strings meet electronic noise. One of the prettiest instrumentals on the album.

13. Bluff [1:12] — Short, catchy, minimal.

14. Altadena [5:11] — Truly my favorite track. Wild slow jam. Play it.

Will Gottsegen