Release Date: Apr 20, 2018
Record label: Warner Bros.
Genre(s): Pop, Alternative Singer/Songwriter, Left-Field Pop
For her follow-up to The Golden Echo, Kimbra could have expanded on any one of its eclectic sounds. Instead, on Primal Heart she combines all of the styles she explored on that album into a more cohesive -- and immediate -- approach. That she co-wrote and co-produced every track here helps put her stamp on late-2010s pop and R&B trends: "Like They Do on the TV" mixes a tropical melody with murky trip-hop-inspired rhythms, while trap beats add an edge to the brassy, brooding "Human." "Top of the World," a collaboration with Skrillex, doesn't really resemble anything either he or Kimbra has done before, but its slow-burning stomp sounds like a rising pop queen coming for her throne.