Erika de Casier Essentials (Independent Jeep Music)
R&B and hip-hop’s golden era is generally considered to be back in the ’90s, but the last few years have certainly turned out some classic albums. Importantly, many of them have come from women, with underground but fast-rising names like IAMDDB and Princess Nokia also pushing through.
Another one to watch is Erika de Casier, who recently dropped her debut album Essentials. The Danish artist has a vulnerable, melancholic voice that she uses to sing about self-liberation and independence (the album comes on her own Independent Jeep Music label). Blending G-funk with r&b, soul with lo-fi beats, her gorgeous album ranges from late-night lullabies to drum & bass licked rollers via summery jams and tripped-out dreamscapes.
Personal and intimate, it’s a timeless yet contemporary record infused with all the music she grew up on such as Aaliyah, Brandy and Destiny's Child.