Released February 10 2023, the LP will be the US artist’s first in nearly six years, and will feature 15 songs.
All of the songs on the album are written and arranged by Kelela, and the main producers are Yo Van Lenz and Florian T M Zeisig – who also make up ambient duo OCA – as well as LSDXOXO.
The LP explores Kelela’s place and identity within the music industry. Speaking about the project, she said: “I started this process from the feeling of isolation and alienation I’ve always had as a Black femme in dance music, despite its Black origins.
“‘RAVEN’ is my first breath taken in the dark,” she continued. “An affirmation of Black femme perspective in the midst of systemic erasure and the sound of our vulnerability turned to power.”
Alongside the announcement, she has released a new single ‘On The Run’, which features production from Yo Van Lenz, Bambii, Kaytranada and Kelela herself. The track features her distinctive R&B sound and vocals, sprinkled with elements of ambient and hip hop.
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Last month Kelela released ‘Happy Ending’ – a ravey, breakbeat influenced song produced by LSDXOXO and Bambii.
‘RAVEN’ will be Kelela’s second full studio album, after her debut ‘Take Me Apart’ was released in 2017. A remix album was released in 2018, with producers such as Kaytranada and Serpentwithfeet on production duties, as well as featuring vocal appearances from Princess Nokia, Junglepussy, CupcakKe and Ms. Boogie on the remixed version of ‘LMK (What’s Really Good’).
Take a listen to On The Run below:
Full tracklist of ‘RAVEN’:
1. Washed Away
2. Happy Ending
3. Let It Go
4. On the Run
5. Missed Call
14. Enough for Love
15. Far Away
Check out Mixmag’s cover feature with Kelela in 2019 here
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Written by: Tim Hopkins