The Weeknd without the accusations of sleaze and misogyny on your conscience
Another leftfield signing for 4AD, who continue to extend their tendrils beyond the historic staple of watercolour guitar bands. Inc is the recording name of Los Angeles brothers Andrew and Daniel Aged, and their debut album is 11 whispered R&B songs, all textured, considered and thoughtfully constructed. Opening track ‘The Place’ (stylised as ‘the place’ – they’re so laid back, they don’t do capital letters) has Andrew singing breathily, “I feel like you’ve been here before” from a bed of subtle synth lines and cushioning percussion. Inc span decades with their sound, as late-’70s soul grooves give way to the slow swing of ’90s R&B. They are far from retro though; hints of post-dubstep percussion lift ‘No World’ into 2013. It’s a sound that’s familiar, but contagious. ‘Black Wings’ plays out like an old Prince song, but more sensual than sexual. ‘Angel’, meanwhile, gives a sense of what it could be like to listen to The Weeknd without the accusations of sleaze and misogyny on your conscience.