A superior ode to private desires
Those hipsters sure can freshen a neglected pocket of black pop history. Once the Mary Magdalene to Ariel Pink’s Jesus, Ramona Gonzalez has turned her attentions to modernising old-school R&B, the kind that ruled the late-’80s before new jack swing eviscerated its last traces of soul gravitas.
The windfall is a classy cocktail of downtown funk and after-hours jams which, spare and measured, carry the suggestion of arrested lust and female control. The low-lit ‘Mind & Eyes’ is Sade for Tigercity fans, while ‘Autograph’ is so smooth it’s criminal. Intimate and charged, this is a superior ode to private desires.