Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Dope Body & Air-smuggled German Beer: Kelis & Dave Sitek - "Jerk Ribs" (Ninja Tune)

For the sake of cohesive clarity, maybe it should be duly noted that the majority of this very post was written down in my parents' basement earlier tonight while I was listening to Dope Body's latest Sludge-Punk album, Natural History, and drinking midair-smuggled German beer: While I can't exactly say that I'm a huge Kelis fan, and you may not be either, but let's be totally honest... who isn't at least vaguely familiar with "Milkshake" or even "Got Your Money" (ODB)? TIME further notes that Kelis has essentially bounced all over the place during her 15-year career; "she made strange, funky Pop songs like "Milkshake" [with Pharrell] that took over American radio. She was more forceful still with clanging, dissonant R&B tracks like "Bossy." Then, she transformed into a spaced-out Electro-House diva on her last album, 2010's Flesh Tone." Now the ex-wife of legendary Queens emcee Nas, Kelis has teamed up with TV On The Radio multi-instrumentalist and super-producer Dave Sitek for her upcoming album, Food. "It's like we're such different people, but I met him and he's really just this brilliant, strange creature, Kelis recently elaborated to label Ninja Tune about her unexpected partnership with Sitek.

"I musically fell in love with him and I think he's just a divine person. It's ridiculous how much we speak the same language, musically and food-wise." She's actually a highly trained chef, who took a cordon bleu course around 2008-09 after a messy four-year long break-up with her then-label. The self-described "cornerstone of [the] album," "Jerk Ribs" (formerly Call On Me) is the latest re-released video-single pulled from Food, which was recorded in-between impromptu Kelis-cooked meals at Dave Sitek's LA home-studio with a revolving door of talented musical buddies. It's sparse companion behind-the-scenes video follows Kelis around Mexico while getting ready for a few glammed up photoshoots and eventually getting photographed, filmed, and whatnot. Just days ago, it was revealed that Kelis will host her own Cooking Channel show called Saucy and Sweet, which will reportedly debut nation-wide on February 26th at 8:30pm EST. Ahead of Food's impending April 21-22nd release, Ninja Tune unveiled a second teaser single, "Rumble" early last week, as well as a Stereogum-premiered glitched-out Mount Kimble re-work of "Jerk Ribs."

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