After months of singles and videos, rising vocalist Kali Uchis is getting ready to release her new nine-track EP, Por Vida, Wednesday. But the former Northern Virginia resident — now in Los Angeles — premiered the release on Pitchfork this morning.
Por Vida isn’t as obviously funk-driven as her earlier collaboration with Snoop Dogg, “On Edge,” or the Bunx-produced “Real”; she takes numerous opportunities to slow down and croon (“Melt,” “Call Me,” “Loner”) but still delivers subtle, satisfying pop tunes (“Rush,” “Ridin Round”). Reggae-inflected single “Know What I Want” feels like the EP’s centerpiece. Production comes courtesy of Bunx, Alex Epton, Caleb Stone, Kaytranada, BADBADNOTGOOD and Tyler, the Creator.
Stream Por Vida, below.