Thursday's Stuff We Like
Kelis - Food
I’ve loved both Kelis and food since I knew of their existences, so when I found out that Kelis was putting out a new album called Food, I was very excited. Unsurprisingly, my excitement was justified. Food was recorded entirely in producer Dave Sitek’s (TV on the Radio) house in LA and the arrangements, horn section and intricate percussion that live all over this record are off the proverbial chain (and full of TVOTR vibes). There are some tracks you’ll notice right away as being BANGERS – like “Jerk Ribs,” “Rumble” and “Runnin” – but give the record a few more listens and you’ll find magic in some of the more understated songs – like her cover of Labi Siffre’s “Bless the Telephone.”
Kelis and I have been together through the angry stuff, the Neptunes stuff, the poppy club jams, the hip hop boss bitch and electro-dance moments and our musical relationship is stronger than ever now with her progression into the earthy soulfulness that is Food. Come to think of it, Kelis and I are the same age – so it’s almost like we grew up together. I mean, this practically makes us best friends, right? Cool. So, Kelis, I’ll be over at 8 tonight for some “Jerk Ribs” and jerk ribs.
– Nicole Johnson