It’s been about five years since Otherness, the last album from Kindness. In the past few years, the disco-pop auteur has been working with other artists, contributing to records from people like Robyn, Solange, and Blood Orange. But last month, Kindness returned with “Cry Everything,” a new song that featured vocals from Robyn and sampled Todd Rundgren. And today, Kindness has shared a new joint, the lush and soulful “Lost Without.”
As far as I can tell, Kindness doesn’t sing on “Lost Without.” Instead, the song has vocals from Seinabo Sey, a Swedish soul-pop singer mostly known for the 2013 single “Younger” and for the Kygo remix of that same song. I wasn’t previously familiar, but Sey sings the hell out of “Lost Without.” It’s a lush, contemplative track with a house but and with the lush production sheen of ’80s R&B. The rubbery bassline, in particular, is tasty, and the horn stabs are no joke either. And Sey sings it with a bittersweet warmth, keeping it contemplative but also bringing some majesty to it.
Kindness and Sey got together with R&B futurist Kelela, and the three of them wrote the song together in Stockholm. According to a press release, it was recorded on three different continents. And yet it sounds breezy and effortless, almost like the musicians were in the room together. Check it out below.
There’s no word on a Kindness album yet, but there are some live shows coming up in the US and Europe this June.