Kali Uchis has dabbled in reggae and dub before: Listen to her earlier single “Know What I Want,” a standout on the Virginia-raised vocalist’s first EP Por Vida. That could be why she sounds so at home on “Wave” (listen below), her dubby new song with Diplo’s Caribbean-influenced electronic project Major Lazer.
“The waves come, you gotta ride it if you wanna stay afloat,” Uchis purrs on the sultry track, her vocals lightly processed.
Working with Diplo — the founder of trendy record label Mad Decent who rose to fame after starting Philadelphia party Hollertronix and collaborating with M.I.A. — seemed inevitable for Uchis, who caught the DJ/producer’s attention long before she dropped Por Vida.
Diplo also co-produced Uchis’ Por Vida track “Melting.”
“Wave” appears on the extended version of Major Lazer’s Peace Is The Mission.