Ever since her single “Jerk Ribs” came out last year, I’ve been hungry for more of FOOD, Kelis’s upcoming new album produced by Dave Sitek (TV On The Radio). I’ll be the first to admit that before her new tracks, I wrote Kelis off as the “Milkshake” girl, surely a one-hit wonder left to moulder in oversexed obscurity. That was a mistake. A big one. Kelis has moved on from milkshakes to more nourishing fare, with influences including classic soul, funk and a Harlem childhood spent singing in church choirs. It turns out that these suit her immensely better, and I put this record at the top of my most-anticipated for 2014.
“Rumble” is another retro-flavored, horn-laced jam that shows off Kelis’s ability to pull back vocally. FOOD comes out April 22nd on Ninja Tune and is available to pre-order on iTunes. Stream “Rumble” below.
STREAM: Kelis – “Rumble”