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Milosh “Jetlag” – Album Review

Deadly (2013)

As the androgynous voice behind enigmatic electro-soul duo Rhye, singer-songwriter Milosh had many convinced that they were in fact listening to a new Sade-esque chanteuse on the stunning Quiet Storm-inspired Woman earlier this year. Now that the cat’s been let out of the bag, the Canadian has decided to revive his under-rated but largely ignored solo career with a fourth album, Jetlag, which is arguably just as seductive.

Recorded in collaboration with the former Nickelodeon star he recently married, Alexa Nikolas, the belated follow-up to 2008’s iii may have been described by Milosh as “an expression of deep love for my wife, my happiness and excitement for a new place in my life.” But thankfully its ten tracks are nowhere near as sickly-sweet as such a gushing statement would suggest.

Inspired by their relocations from Berlin to Thailand and then to Los Angeles, the title track is a hypnotic blend of grimy electronica and disjointed lounge beats which builds up to a frantic percussive finale. Opener “Do You What Want I Need” combines Milosh’s gorgeously yearning tones with an ominous wave of twitchy bass-lines and swelling synths, while the haunting chillout production of “Water” sounds like it’s been lifted from a long-lost sci-fi cult classic.

But even Jetlag’s gentler tracks avoid descending into pure schmaltz. Harking back to his classically-trained roots with its elegant piano hook, “Don’t Call It” recalls the woozy R&B of The Weeknd. “Stakes Ain’t High” offers a similarly lush late night vibe as his recent work with Robin Hannibal, and “Slow Down” is a beautifully melancholic jazz-tinged ballad which best utilises Milosh’s astonishing falsetto.

In other hands, Jetlag’s array of bedroom whispers and shared secrets could have left you feeling like a bit of a third wheel. But Milosh’s inherent warmth ensures that it’s an inviting, if slightly sketchy, record which perfectly caps off his triumphant year.

4 / 5 stars     

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About the Author

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Jon O'Brien's love of music began as a six-year-old after becoming bizarrely transfixed with the 80s poodle rock of Heart, Europe and Def Leppard. Switching his attention to pop icon Michael Jackson, he then became addicted to the UK Top 40, becoming a rather pointless walking Wikipedia of chart positions in the process. Driving his poor neighbors up the wall while learning to play the drums as a teen, he toyed with the idea of becoming a musician, but in studying Journalism at the University of Central Lancashire, he realized heÕd rather write about music than perform it. Since then, he's written thousands of reviews and biographies on everything from bubblegum pop to death metal, but electronica remains his main passion, with everything from Aphex Twin to Zero 7 in his spare room-consuming record collection. Jon resides in northwest England near Liverpool.

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