Kahlia Bakosi is revealing her talent like the slow unfurling of flower petals. Sounding like she’s perpetually on an emotional cliff edge, her honeyed vocals are tinged with projection approaching the big-ticket bombast of a Dawn Richard. She caught my ear some months ago with a track called, ‘Fire’.
Her latest offering, ‘Small Print’, which features a guest rap from Mumblez Black Ink, and is again produced by the equally impressive 808Charmer, sees her flexing her vocals on a depressurised funk beat that somersaults into a final collision of taunt and tenderness (a sublime use of Gorillaz’ ‘El Manaña’ in the mix if I’m not mistaken). It’s encouraging stuff from a singer whose colours seem to grow bolder with each new release.
‘Small Print’ is available to stream now, on Kahlia Bakosi’s SoundCloud page.
Image: Kahlia Bakosi