On April 6th, 2018, Karly-Marina Loaiza (better known as her stage name, Kali Uchis) released her debut album, Isolation. This highly-anticipated record has been in the works for some time, after it being first announced in 2016 with her single “Only Girl” featuring Steve Lacy and Vince Staples. The first single released off of the LP is titled “Tyrant”, which debuted on May 23, 2017 on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1.
This album has some memorable names contributing to it, like the virtual band Gorillaz who produced track nine on the record titled “In My Dreams.” This song has a dream-pop feel with some underlying dark tones as displayed in the lyrics, “The moments we are happiest, are the moments we don’t exist.”
Other notable names on the LP are rap artist and record producer Tyler, the Creator, and singer-songwriter Bootsy Collins who are both featured on the track “After the Storm.” This dreamy R&B single came out on January 12th, 2018 and cultivated buzz when Tyler promoted the track on Twitter. The legendary female rapper named Missy Elliott replied with several fire emojis showing her praise for the single. This song currently has 15.6 million streams on Spotify, as well as 14 million views of the music video on YouTube.
The third track of Isolation titled “Just a Stranger” brings a psychedelic-toned R&B sound with very catchy and repetitive lyrics such as, “She wants my hundred dollar bills, she don’t want love.” This track was produced by a member of the on-the-rise boyband, BROCKHAMPTON, named Romil Hemnani. He brings this catchy instrumental to the table that has a very recognizable “BROCKHAMPTON” feel (If you have listened to the hip-hop flavored boyband previously). This song also features a member of the hip-hop soul group The Internet, known as Steve Lacy. He brings more diversity to the track by contributing a nice backing vocal to the chorus.
If you have not listened to Isolation yet, I highly recommend to give a listen to “After the Storm”, “Flight 22”, and “Just a Stranger.” This album is definitely a great listen for when getting over a former love interest, or just bopping to by yourself in your room! This is definitely one of my favorite albums of 2018, and I can’t wait to see what Uchis brings to the table next!