Supreme Cuts: Divine Ecstasy

The songs in this second album by the Chicago duo bear witness to a restless musical imagination

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With Divine Ecstasy, their second album as Supreme Cuts, Chicago production duo Austin Kjeultes and Mike Perry have created an unusual and beguiling experience that seems to float serenely in its own space through R&B, rap and dance music.

Featuring an array of guest vocalists, from Poliça singer Channy Leaneagh to teenage Caribbean rapper Haleek Maul, the songs bear witness to a restless musical imagination, yet one that manifests itself in a calm and unhurried fashion as with the way “Gone” seamlessly blends together Erykah Badu-style psychedelic soul with the euphoric pulse of the dancefloor.

Not everything comes off – “Cocktails” is less smoothly seductive than it wants to be with its irritatingly layered, over-emphatic vocals – but the missteps, in a high-wire act between different genres, are impressively rare.

Supreme Cuts

Divine Ecstasy

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