Colombian-American singer Kali Uchis’ 2018 debut album was called Isolation. But she wasn’t really alone at all, as the LP featured the talents of a whole crew of collaborators. “Looking back on it, I did tell true stories that were happening in my life on Isolation,” Uchis told People En Español recently. “But I was a little too concerned about like, ‘This is my first album, I have to get the Gorillaz on it, Kevin Parker from Tame Impala, Tyler, Bootsy.’ I felt like I had to pull everyone that I love into the project in order to prove myself as this genius.”
“For my next album, I’m really going back to my roots, experimenting more with my music, not thinking so hard and not trying so hard — just free-flowing,” she said. The album will be predominantly in Spanish with a little English and/or Spanglish thrown into the mix: “When I really want to say something that I feel I have to say in English, I will switch over because I’m not going to force it, but a lot of it will be in Spanish.”
There are no details yet, but the album is set to arrive sometime next year. And today, Uchis is sharing its first single. “Solita,” produced by J Balvin and Bad Bunny collaborator Tainy, is her first new music since 2018 aside from some collabs and covers, and it returns to her old theme of isolation. “I’d rather dance alone than with the devil,” Uchis says in a statement. “This song is about healing, freedom and embracing the mixed emotions that come with that. I hope my fans feel sexy when they listen to it. I’m so excited to share more.” Listen below.