Kelela debuts new song “Frontline” on HBO’s ‘Insecure’ – THE PARTAE


Take Me Apart out Friday October 6 on Warp Records via Inertia Music

Touring Australia in January

Following the recent announcement of her forthcoming debut album Take Me ApartKelela is back today to share a new song “Frontline“. The second offering from the highly anticipated album, “Frontline” is now available everywhere and follows lead single and video “LMK“.

“Frontline” originally debuted on HBO’s hit show Insecure which has recently become a destination for bold music programming and one of the most popular and critically acclaimed shows currently on air.

Take Me Apart is due Friday October 6 on Warp Records via Inertia Music, and is available for pre-order now. After she completes a massive tour throughout North America and Europe at the end of this year, Kelela will arrive in Australia as a special guest of The xx as part of their I See You Australia 2018 tour, alongside Earl Sweatshirt.

Hear “Frontline” and pre-order Take Me Apart below. Watch the previously released video for “LMK“, and see below for tour dates, album details, and further information about Kelela.

Press Pic: Dicko Chan

Australian Dates

Supporting The xx

Saturday January 13 | Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne VIC
Wednesday January 17 | Riverstage, Brisbane QLD
Saturday January 20 | The Domain, Sydney NSW

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Take Me Apart

1. Frontline
2. Waitin
3. Take Me Apart
4. Enough
5. Jupiter
6. Better
7. LMK
8. Truth Or Dare
9. S.O.S.
10. Blue Light
11. Onanon
12. Turn To Dust
13. Bluff
14. Altadena

Take Me Apart by Kelela is out Friday October 6
on Warp Records via Inertia Music
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With great anticipation, Kelela’s debut album emerges as an epic portrait of an artist spanning the past and future of R&B. In her hands, however, the genre knows no boundaries and so Take Me Apart exists as an absolutely singular and fearless addition to a canon of recent classics. From her very earliest work, honesty and vulnerability have been cornerstones of Kelela’s art – even when clad in the armour of the avant-garde electronics she so deftly inhabits – and Take Me Apartsees her double down on both the emotional intensity and resonance of her message as well as the sonic seeking she is renowned for.

On 2015’s acclaimed Hallucinogen EP, Kelela swept listeners along in the rush of ecstasy and the melancholic vapour trail of a hopeful, but ultimately doomed liaison. Hallucinogen would prove to be a turning point, and The New York Times would name its single, “Rewind“, one of the “25 Songs That Tell Us Where Music Is Going“. The EP’s oversized impact would ignite a period of kinetic worldwide live shows culminating in Kelela crisscrossing the globe on tour with The xx. In parallel with this, 2016 and early 2017 would see Kelela grace a handful of crucial records as a feature vocalist – from longtime ally Solange‘s majestic A Seat At The Table, to Danny Brown‘s immense Atrocity Exhibition and most recently, the star-studded Humanz from Gorillaz.

These appearances would be tantalising signs leading the way to Take Me Apart. Amplifying the ideas explored on Hallucinogen, here Kelela treats relationships and their effects like a Matryoshka doll, unveiling layer after layer to find herself at the centre. Expressing an honest vision of how we navigate dissolving ties with each other and yet remain sanguine for the next chance at love, the emotional ricochet is traced across the album’s narrative. Take Me Apartstands not only as an intensely personal chronicle, but also a defiant and turbulent statement direct from Kelela; “Despite it being a personal record, the politics of my identity informs how it sounds and how I choose to articulate my vulnerability and strength. I am a black woman, a second-generation Ethiopian-American, who grew up in the ‘burbs listening to R&B, Jazz and Björk. All of it comes out in one way or another.

The process of crafting Take Me Apart embraced the approach of widely collaborative R&B, hip-hop and pop production while roaming a strange and wonderful path. Working with a cast of peers, Kelela deconstructs many results of their collaborations and builds them back up into pieces of a cohesive whole, effectively orchestrating these multitudes in aid of her singular vision. “It’s this tapestry I’ve knitted together that attracts different types of listeners and challenges them at the same time, often within the same song. That’s what I want to bring to my entire catalogue” says Kelela. Testament to this approach, the album opens with a stunning trio of high points from the low-slung mechanised swing of “Frontline” to the kaleidoscopic splendor of “Waitin” – by which point you’ve been pulled straight into the tale Kelela is weaving, and the warped and chaotic beauty of the title track before dropping into “Enough” which sounds as if it could have been transmitted from a neon-lit jazz club in Akira‘s Neo-Tokyo.

The timeless, zero-gravity ballad “Better” sees Kelela at her most unadorned – baring her soul to a nameless other over subtly transforming piano and synth textures while first single “LMK” is all staggering club swagger that manages to span the past 20 years of innovative R&B while still exploring another dimension of possibilities. These songs typify the melding of classic song-craft and inventive production approach at the album’s core, but it’s here where things take yet another exhilarating turn. “Truth or Dare” has the brittle snap and vocal twists of a Neptunes track while “Blue Light” sees Kelela weld her sweeping pleas to the warped sonic palette of Grimes, pointing the way forward to a possible future of cybernetic soul.

Now we are swept into the slipstream of a pair tracks in “On And On” and the otherworldly grandeur of “Turn To Dust”, which conjures images of the powerful and iconic diva of Besson‘s The Fifth Element; and it’s a short trip to the unforgettable pneumatic gospel of album closer “Altadena”, a perfect Ouroboros link back to “Frontline” to begin the saga all over again. At this point you’re left with the feeling that this trip through Take Me Apart is one you’ll be making many more times.

Press Pic: Dicko Chan


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