Label: Female Energy Records
The prevalence of futuristic R&B in 2014 makes Kindness' Otherness an unusual proposition: It's decidedly alt in tone, yet it doesn't share the synthetic preoccupations of so much leftfield R&B, despite guest spots from Kelela and Robyn, and plenty of synths. Nor is it self-consciously retro. Instead, Kindness and his collaborators create suggestively stripped-back funk and soul out of bass, vocals, the occasional splash of keys and little else. It's a quiet, confident follow-up to his 2012 debut LP.