Mykki Blanco has spent their profession immolating boundaries. A efficiency artist-cum-rapper knowledgeable by every part from outré digitals to punk, this 35-year-old’s work has lengthy mixed aggression and mischief, frankness and vulnerability.
This nine-track mini-album is their first outing since 2016’s self-titled Mykki, when emotion appeared to realize the higher hand over spikiness. Right here, Blanco is processing the tip of a relationship aided by producer FaltyDL; the temper veers from regretful to flirtatious. The trap-inclined That’s Of us sees Blanco go head-to-head with Massive Freedia, whereas the defiantly single Summer time Fling is as lewd as it’s catchy (“Your dick scent of hamsters, go take a shower.”)
However many of the sounds listed here are mellifluous, with ample house given to heavenly backing vocalists on the extra heartfelt songs, just like the standout Hudson Mohawke co-production Free Trip. (“What I wouldn’t do for love,” sighs Blanco.) There are nods to jazz and home and the merest swish of bossa nova on Need from Me; soulful intercessions from Blood Orange (It’s Not My Selection) and Jamila Woods (Love Me) add to this document’s ranges of bruised classicism.