Columbian “Soul-Wop” pioneer embraces the Californian summer.

Kali Uchis

Por Vida

Boasting the effortlessly cool charisma of Gwen Stefani, similarly distinctive looks to those of Lady Gaga, and the smoky, soulful voice of Amy Winehouse, in many ways Kali Uchis already appears the complete package. Mentored by one of the rising stars of the hip hop production world, Odd Future founder Tyler, The Creator, and with a new EP co-produced by no fewer than eight collaborators (including Tyler himself along with Diplo, leader of Jamaican dancehall syndicate Major Lazer), Por Vida certainly looks like a recipe for success. Bringing with it an understated but self-assured swagger and light, breezy pop tunes that you can wager will be widely described as “sun-kissed” by the deluge of reviews to follow, the timing of the release to coincide with the onset of the American summer is unlikely to be an accident. Continue reading