Boomkat Product Review:
‘Something Like a War’ is the magnum opus of meticulously produced R&B soul from Kindness, arriving five well-spent years since he teamed with Kelela, Devonte Hynes and Robyn on ‘Otherness’
Dished up on his Female Energy label, the achingly effective album sees Kindness flanked by an all-female vocal energy forcefield comprising Sweden’s Seinabo Sey, Nadia Nair and Robyn, plus UK’s Jazmine Sullivan, Alexandria, and Cosima, and U.S.A.’s Kelela and Bahamadia, for an album that sounds every bit like it was in the works for best part of this decade.
It’s probably his own fault for setting the bar high with his first two LPs, he clearly didn’t want to fall into a dodgy 3rd album trap, and took all the time he needed to return with an impressively sculpted, supple collection open to influence from all corners, combining nods to gospel, Afrobeats, yacht-ready boogie, grime and new jack swing in his rose-tinted ‘90s R&B prism, all sealed for freshness by his own production, as well as guest input from Sampha and many more, and quite sadly, the gilded mix-down of Philippe Zdar aka Motorbass (R.I.P.).
RIYL Jai Paul, Kelela, Blood Orange.