R&B artist Kelela (Courtesy photo)
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Kelela Pushes R&B in New Direction

Singer and songwriter Kelela is one of R&B’s new rising stars. Two years after releasing her critically acclaimed EP “Cut 4 Me,” she’s back with “Hallucinogen.” In half a dozen tracks, she lets her personal tastes and that of her collaborators distance herself from the mainstream contemporary R&B pack all the while rooting herself in the tradition. In an interview with Rolling Stone magazine, she said that she focuses more on “resonance than on sound [unlike others]” to balance out her own individuality with that of the feature artists. Her rhythms, melodies, and lyrics cause us to hallucinate, as great R&B has always done. [read more…]