On Cut 4 Me, Kelela was powerful but never predatory. When she was vulnerable on tracks like “A Lie” there always felt like a defence at the ready, a feeling bolstered by Fade To Mind‘s gothic neo-soul production and her own mastery of her voice.
On “The High” she’s the praying mantis, draped in an all-consuming desire with no room for the needs or wants of her partner. Satisfaction eludes her, and she’s becoming desperate. Whether she’s singing ”I’ll do anything for the high” on the hook, or scatting over crumpling layers of her own voice, the urgency never leaves. Gifted & Blessed‘s beat – icy chords over drums filtered to the nth degree – keeps its trick quiet, rewarding repeated listens but never overwhelming Kelela’s journey. Listen below.