new music: the experimental electro-soul of paris-based kodäma is absolutely sublime #soundcheck

January 12, 2017

It’s January and my lungs have been bothering me, so I’m sitting here on pain meds under a blanket, and this new EP by Kodäma is just everything. It’s a warm enveloping fuzzy coat for your ears. The blending of trip-hop by way of Japan and Congo is full of rich tones and captivating nooks and crannies of sound to explore. When the duo adds neo-soul into the mix on standout “North Wind,” it becomes absolutely sublime. Singer Kiala Ogawa has an ear for the kind of hooks that slowly work their way into your brain and evaporate. This EP is a must for fans of bands like The Seshen, Bells Atlas, and Beauty Pill.

By Nathan Leigh, AFROPUNK contributor

Photo by Flavien Prioreau