I guess we’re lusting after the Swedes over here at M.I.S.S., because first there was a look back at the beautiful Neneh Cherry, and now we have Kissey Asplund! Although Neneh is from Sierra Leone and Sweden, and Kissey is half Swedish and half Caribbean, they are both similar in that they have unusual sounds sprinkled with otherworldly influences. Get familiar with Kissey Asplund, because she is destined to have a buzz surrounding her when she starts booking the heavy dates in the U.S.
Ms. Kissey Asplund admits that Sweden is a little bit slower to catch on to the hip-hop that has infiltrated our airwaves. Seems like they may be a little behind on the social media outlets too, because although Myspace has been largely discarded like a red-headed stepchild in the U.S., in other parts of the world, musicians are still using it to network with other artists for collaborations. Following in the path of duo Foreign Exchange, Kissey hooked up with Paris-based beat makers Papa Jazz via “the internetz” to create her EP, Plethora. Although she had trouble getting gigs in the U.S. without first having a records out, she booked dates in Europe easily, and through those performances she starting getting some love. So much love in fact, that the collection of sounds originally slated to be just an EP, actually became her full-length debut!
Out of all of the tracks I have heard so far, not one of the cuts sounds the same: there are hints of soul, hip-hop, jazz, and some broken beat influences similar to the sounds of the London collective Bugz in the Attic (whom we have seen before alongside singer Joy Jones). Kissey sounds like a timid, slow motion Erykah Badu, and her voice shines most on her version of Radiohead’s “Creep” and on “Caos”, which features a sample of Vince Guaraldi’s song “Christmastime is Here” from A Charlie Brown Christmas. The mellow “Move Me” and “Silverlake” could easily be the on the background soundtrack for one of those “date nights”, while the weird electro rhythm and Me’Shell Ndegeocello-like talking in “Fuss ‘n’ Fight” was my least favorite track of the bunch. Check out the Kissey girl on her Myspace page for some great tracks, as well as her video for “Caos” and her video for Nike called “Silverlake”.
- The Music Link List – 3.30.2011
- We Got The Beat: Pete Philly
- We Got The Beat: Little Jinder, Polyhedron E.P.
- April is Jazz Appreciation Month
- We Got The Beat: Shabazz Palaces