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R&B - Released April 6, 2018 | Virgin EMI

Distinctions Pitchfork: Best New Music
Since 2012, Karly-Marina Loaiza alias Kali Uchis has stacked up a collection of "feat.s" to rival the rack of medals across a Soviet general's chest. And so the first album from the Colombian-American, whose voice has featured on tracks by Snoop Dogg, Tyler The Creator, GoldLink, Major Lazer, Kaytranada, Miguel, Vince Staples and Gorillaz was well overdue. Before this release, Kali Uchis had already managed to make plain her strong personality, and her status as another potential new queen of R&B and soul. Wait, another? No, no no. A real queen, single and sovereign, with a voice that mixes neo soul, 90s R&B, early-Madonna-era pop and wit à la Amy Winehouse. Her voice enjoys a five-star setting on this first album, where such stars as Tyler et Damon Albarn rub shoulders, but also the Canadians of BadBadNotGood, Kevin Parker of Tame Impala, David Sitek of TV On The Radio, live wire Thundercat, soul star Jorja Smith, the Dap-Kings, The Internet's Steve Lacey, his compatriot Reykon and legendary funkster Bootsy Collins. On Isolation, the Los Angeles-based singer brings her Latin roots to bear by singing in two languages, slaloming between neo soul, R&B, hip-hop, Latin pop and reggaeton. Through languorous sequences and up-tempo pieces, Uchis shines in all contexts, against all backdrops, to create a record of stunning freshness, never gaudy or mawkish. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz
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R&B - Released June 9, 2017 | Top Dawg Entertainment - RCA Records

Hi-Res Distinctions Pitchfork: Best New Music
If Kendrick Lamar, Travis Scott, James Fauntleroy and Isaiah Rashad all crop up on a debut album, it is surely at least worth a listen. Especially if it has been brought out by Top Dawg Entertainment... This record from Solána Row aka SZA has been eagerly-awaited. Signed to TDA for some years, the most exciting R&B singer in the rap'n'soul world today has released a pretty-much-perfect studio album. Alternating between a sensual languor and grooves that float on air, CTRL also possesses an addictive freshness. A real revelation. © MD/Qobuz
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R&B - Released April 1, 2016 | OVO Sound - Warner Bros.

Distinctions Pitchfork: Best New Music
Here's some more narcotic, dimly lit R&B balladry from Drake's Warner-supported OVO Sound label, this time courtesy of duo dvsn, who were a bit coy about revealing their identities. Producer Paul Jefferies (aka Nineteen85, co-maker of "Hotline Bling") and primary vocalist Daniel Daley are credited as co-writers on each song, and they get occasional assistance from Adam Feeney (aka Frank Dukes), Majid Al Maskati (of labelmates Majid Jordan), and Stephen Kozmeniuk (who helped out on Kendrick Lamar's "The Blacker the Berry"). There are a few other accomplices, including some background vocalists who help make some of the material sound like some kind of intimate carnal gospel service, like on "Too Deep," as in "In...too...deep, don't wanna...pull out." Apart from the relatively lively pulse of the aching "Another One," everything plays out at slow-jam tempo, and the vocals often slip into falsetto mode with lapses in enunciation. The duo is at their most effective on finale "The Line," a bare, subtly churchified pleader. ~ Andy Kellman
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R&B - Released June 26, 2015 | ByStorm Entertainment - RCA Records

Hi-Res Distinctions Pitchfork: Best New Music
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R&B - Released September 6, 2013 | Bad Boy - Wondaland

Distinctions Pitchfork: Best New Music
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R&B - Released January 1, 2012 | CP Records

Distinctions Pitchfork: Best New Music
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R&B - Released May 17, 2010 | Bad Boy - Wondaland

Distinctions Pitchfork: Best New Music - Sélection Les Inrocks

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