Boomkat Product Review:
Very smart debut dose of self-described rumba-pop by London-based Miles From Kinshasa, on the freshly minted One Time Recordings label.
Arriving as the full package, Miles croons cool AF with a tempered, day-dreaming swagger on his own production in both parts, all housed in his own artwork (we’ll assume that’s him on the cover), and it wouldn’t surprise us if he owns the label and even did the mastering and cut himself.
Ivry makes a striking entrance up top, matching the kind of slow autonomic boogie grine you might expect from dBridge, mixed with the detailed inflections of Jai Paul or Andy Stott productions and the classic/modern soul burn of Blood Orange - at once instantly familiar yet distinctive.
We’re equally, if not more, into the B-side, too; Kaya looks to current US soul and hip hop, but thru an Afro-UK lens, emoting barely legible yet easily understood vocals over wicked, distant drums and yacht boogie licks on the lushest downstroke.
The play it again ’n again factor is high here.