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Next Wave Woman: Kali Uchis

Kali Uchis will make you feel lazy – like you need to be a more productive human being. The 20-year old singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist/producer/retro-future fashion icon has earned a lot of attention since the release in early January of her acclaimed EP, Por Vida, and for good reason.

“I find it crucial to remain true to myself, my vision, and to never compromise or let anyone take that from me,” says Uchis. Her mystifying aura, substantial musical prowess and aesthetic seem to reference every marginalized subculture of last 50 years. Already celebrated amongst diverse circles for some time now, Kali Uchis is a safe bet to soon to be a more broadly recognized phenom.

Por Vida was released in the dead of winter yet it is a middle-of-July laidback Be My Baby meets Summertime In The LBC meets Float On vibe. Featuring production from Tyler The Creator, Kaytranada, BADBADNOTGOOD and XXXchange, Uchis’ vocals maintain beautiful clarity and control as they slowly glide through relaxed narratives.

In response to her success Uchis keeps things in perspective, relating that she is, “grateful for the opportunity to share my music and to use my influence in the most helpful and positive way that I can.”