MUSIC PREVIEW | The first sneak peek into the still-untitled upcoming album by the Colombian-American artist
Our favorite Colombian, Kali Uchis, is back with a new single - "Tyrant" - featuring the one and only Jorja Smith.
The track, which premiered on Zane Lowe's Beats 1 show on Monday, is a groovy take on Uchis' familiar sound with hypnotic beats, with lines like "I disappear like El Chapo." It is truly one of the strongest, most distinct sounds from Uchis yet - Smith's presence on the track only elevates it to another level. In what is bound to be a summer anthem, "Tyrant" explores familiar territory while still bringing us fresh new beats.
It's been a good year for Uchis - the Colombian artist had a strong feature on the highly-hyped new Gorillaz album, with two tracks "Ticker Tape" and "She's My Collar." The real winner is the dark and ominous beat of "She's My Collar", a track that feels like a sultry Bonnie and Clyde. She even came out on stage at Gorillaz' debut NYC show at Rough Trade last week, to perform with the band and Damon Albarn himself.
For an artist known for collaborations that are always - for lack of a better word - fire, Uchis has been making herself a household name with a constant stream of innovative collabs. Her 2016 track "Only Girl", which featured incredible verses from Steve Lacy and Vince Staples, remains one of my favorite songs of that year. Just recently, she also joined forces with Colombian hero Juanes on the sultry "El Ratico."
In an interview with Dazed, she took time to shed some light on her songwriting process: "All the songs are just autobiographical, so it just comes from experiences I was going through and ways that I was feeling, but I feel like at the end of the day, if you make really good music, hopefully your album will speak for itself. I won't have to go through all the other stuff that other upcoming artists feel like they have to do. Take a billion pictures in the studio like, 'I'm working with this producer, I'm working with that producer, I'm here and I'm there and I'm... whatever.' It feels like it's more about being a popularity contest than it is about music, and I just really want my project to speak for itself."
Despite her Gorillaz feature, "Tyrant" marks her first new material since "Only Girl." Uchis took to Twitter to clarify it being her first single off her first album.
first time in Paris🍾
4 days till my first song off first album pic.twitter.com/RCiWw6ntHf
— kali ùchis⛈🕊🌼 (@KALIUCHIS) May 18, 2017
Uchis explained the concept behind the song to Clash Magazine: "Tyrant' is a post-apocalyptic love song. Wanting to stay in the haze of puppy love forever & never face the power struggles, because that's your only real escape from the cold realities of life."
Find Kali Uchis via Twitter, Instagram and official website.
"Tyrant" is available to stream/purchase here.