R&B queen Kelis brings her Food-themed delights to UK
In addition to milkshakes and honey, the singer now serves up 'Jerk Ribs', 'Hooch' and 'Biscuits 'n' Gravy'
To paraphrase Blondie, Kelis Kelis, I've got a crush on you. And when you talk, it seems like paradise. Especially when Kelis speaks (or rather, sings) of culinary groove-pop treats like 'Jerk Ribs', 'Hooch' and 'Biscuits 'n' Gravy', then laces them with hot soul and fiery R&B.
All of these titles feature on Kelis Rogers' new album, Food (Ninja Tune) – the sixth LP from New York's day-glo funk / rap trailblazer and qualified chef – the essence of which might be best distilled in her line: 'I know that I don't look it, but I can cook / I'm really pretty simple, I like what I should.' The singer-songwriter, who first rose to prominence on Ol' Dirty Bastard's 'Got Your Money' (1999), and recorded 1999's still-incandescent 'Caught Out There', drawls those lines on Food's smouldering booty call, 'Floyd' – and its sense of comfort, warm love and humdrum pleasure are all over her new record.
Whether said track is a homage to gregarious TV chef Keith Floyd has yet to be established, but what's certain is that, for Kelis, the aesthetics of music and food are inextricably linked – and always have been: witness her 2003 album, Tasty; her hot sauce product line Feast; or a recent promo campaign at South by South West, during which she raised the profile of her new album by doing the rounds in a burger van.
The winner of myriad BRIT, NME and Q Awards, Kelis evidently knows the way to a (wo)man's heart is through the ears and stomach, from her sweet-electro union with Moby (2000's 'Honey' remix), through this year's S&M smorgasbord, 'Friday Fish Fry', to her ever-sizzling live shows. And of course, there is still no greater libation in pop than 2003's frothed-up R&B hit, 'Milkshake'. Damn right, it's better than yours.
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