Hive Five: Our Daily Listicle of Musical Musings
It’s Friday night and you’ve got that special someone coming over. You’ve already purchased take-out that you’ll pass off as your own cooking. Then you clean up that sloppy apartment to make it look somewhat decent. Now for the ever-necessary “slow jams” tape: Before you reach for usual suspects like Prince, Marvin Gaye, and Teddy Pendergrass, consider Rhye, the discreet airy soul duo of Mike Milosh and Robin Hannibal. Here are five reasons why.
1. Rhye is sensual, in that breezy sort-of way
You can’t be aggressive all the time, dude. Sometimes you need finesse to seal the deal. Rhye’s debut album, Woman, has all the sensuality you need: a breezy soundtrack, atmospheric vocals and sugary stanzas. “I’m a fool for that shake in your thighs,” Milosh moans on “Open.” “I’m a fool for that sound in your sighs.” Only robots would be oblivious to these charms.
2. It’s like Sade, but not really
We’re sure Milosh is tired of that comparison, but his high-pitched falsetto is eerily akin to the British-Nigerian songstress. The music is something a bit different, however: Sade opted for smooth jazz; Rhye is noticeably dipping into soft electronics. It’s just as smooth.
3. Woman sounds great upfront and in the background
Just let it play, bro. From beginning to end, Woman is a seamless collection of evocative soul and quiet hormonal stimulants. It maintains a moderate speed and eventually recedes into the background — you know, in case you’re busy doing other things.
4. It might just be the perfect length
Woman is just 35-minutes long which means it’s never going to overextend its welcome. This is good because you don’t want Rhye overpowering your own game.
5. Your vast cultural knowledge will make ’em weak in the knees
You’ll earn points just for knowing about the duo and having the foresight to play it. Your date will be intrigued by the mysterious new group, and wonder how you stumbled across it in the first place. Say it was all your discovery. We won’t tell.
Woman is out March 5 on Innovative Leisure.