new music: future-soul singer rob milton creates an ode to self-care in georgia anne muldrow-produced release, ‘healer’ #soundcheck

June 8, 2017

“There’s never been a time when we didn’t need each other,” Rob Milton sings on his reinterpretation of “Young, Gifted & Black.” On this EP length ode to self-care in a fucked up world, Milton enlists frequent collaborator Georgia Anne Muldrow in the producer chair. Muldrow’s arpeggiated future-soul production and Milton’s sublime falsetto prove to be a potent match over 4 songs and 2 interludes. Milton wears his love for Nina Simone and Georgia Anne Muldrow proudly on his sleeve, and there’s something unabashedly sweet about the lengths he goes in his music to pay tribute to his collaborators. It’s easy to get swept up in music that’s pissed off, cynical, ready to take down the world, and forget how essential music that’s earnestly kind can be. Though the album is full of stand-out moments, “The Threat” is the track where it becomes more than medicinal and transcends into something truly profound.

Rob Milton explains: 

”HEALER is so many things. It’s a conversation about mental health. It’s a survival guide. It’s a tribute to Nina Simone & Georgia Anne Muldrow. It’s a tribute to Donny Hathaway & Nicholas Ryan Gant. It’s a celebration of black music. It’s a letter to myself. It’s a letter to the young, gifted & black. It’s a letter to you.”

By Nathan Leigh, AFROPUNK contributor