Miguel Previews His "Kaleidoscope Dream"
The R&B soulster returns with a colorful follow-up
In an effort to ensure this mishap doesn't repeat itself (and to remind us that, despite his lack of accolades, he's still one of the most unique, and thus deserving, artists R&B currently has to offer) Miguel kicked off the year by releasing, piece-by-piece, his ambitious three-part EP "Art Dealer Chic." Now, prior to dropping his sophomore album "Kaleidoscope Dream" on October 2, he's doing the same with two more EPs: "The Water Preview" (out tomorrow) and "The Air Preview" (due September 11).
The former starts with the already-acclaimed, bedroom-ready "Adorn" on which Miguel channels the late Marvin Gaye's "Sexual Healing" over a spacey synth-laden beat, a reverberating pounding, and a whirring bass - all enhanced only by the crooner's own background vocal outbursts; his rockstar roar morphs into the echo of a water dripping.
"Use Me" is no less successful in the sultry department; electro blips fall sporadically over Miguel's falsetto, matched only by a screeching guitar, as he makes more than one request, delivered quite convincingly: "Trust me / while I take this off / with the lights on / 'cuz it turns me on." Lastly, the eerie "Don't Look Back" samples the Zombies' 1967 hit "Time of the Season" and a creepy clap, complemented by the crashing of a cymbal, help chronicle the singer's cannibalistic tale: "If I should claim a victim / to devour before the light / I pray that you forgive me / It’s just my appetite."
Once again, Miguel proves consistent in delivering his trademark: modern-day mash-ups of pop-tinged soul that still manage to sound timeless. That, in itself, is deserving of something.
Listen to "The Water Preview" here.
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