Since she first emerged in the early Neptunes days, the Harlem singer Kelis has long been one of the great experimenters in R&B, a voice capable of injecting irrepressible personality into the most futuristic of tracks. But on her new album Food, Kelis instead dives into organic, old-school forms of music. TV On The Radio’s Dave Sitek produced the entire album, and it’s mostly a grainy retro-soul affair, with hints of Afrobeat and early-’60s girl-group music. That might sound like a calculated move, but it’s actually a fun, sprightly, lively record, one that blasts a few sunrays into your day and then ends long before it wears out its welcome. We’ve posted early tracks like “Jerk Ribs” and “Rumble,” and now you can stream the whole thing at NPR.
Food is out 4/22 on Ninja Tune.