Tuesday, July 3, 2012
First Impressions: Kelis Goes The Distance
Before you press play, here me out.
Kelis is not, and I repeat, is not going to do Kaleidoscope, Wanderland, Tasty, and Kelis Was Here, ever ever again. She's on the Flesh Tone skeeze now, so bemoaning of those yesteryear projects just falls on deaf ears.Yet, those who swallowed the David Guetta produced Flesh Tone like a dry horse pill will be marginally pleased with "Distance", Kelis' brand new single, because well, the BPM's on this don't melt every brain cell in your cranium. Toned down it all is.
Produced by Skream, "Distance" has a grip on UK Garage, as it glides nicely along in a chill percussive mood that mirrors (slightly to my ears) Natasha Bedingfield's Nate Hills produced, "Not Givin' Up", just less poppier. Personally, this track is a pretty damn good look for Kelis and the beginning of something that doesn't alienate her dual audience, but rather joins them together at the hip. Kelis has never been a one-trick pony as she's always played the checkerboard when it comes to her sound, and on this it's no different. Sure she's not locking in studio time with The Neptunes anymore, but "Distance" strangely brings her new world into her past, and the result is a winning combo.
Kelis - Distance