Kelis – “Jerk Ribs (Mount Kimbie Remix)” (Stereogum Premiere)
R&B iconoclast/Nas ex/exceptional shouter Kelis has a new album called Food coming this spring. TV On The Radio’s Dave Sitek, who produced her 2013 single “Call On Me,” is behind the boards for the whole album, but another acclaimed producer took a crack at lead single “Jerk Ribs.” That’d be Mount Kimble, who turns Sitek’s retro-futuristic soul sound into a digital dream world that’s both moody and propulsive. When the beat drops, it somehow manages to sound forward-thinking while simultaneously resembling an early ’90s Casio keyboard preset, framing Kelis’ expressively fluid vocal in a new context that might be even more fascinating than the original. Check it out below.
Food is out 4/21 via Ninja Tune.