Release Date: Feb 2, 2018
Record label: Loma Vista
Genre(s): Electronic, Downtempo, Pop/Rock, Indie Electronic, Alternative R&B
Rhye is mood music. Los Angeles (by way of Toronto) producer, musician and vocalist Mike Milosh augers Blood in an orgy of analogue keys, sensual strings, plaintive percussion and a cooing contralto. Much of the mystery behind the movement that was 2013's Woman has lifted; in its place, contentment. Initially a collaboration between Milosh and Danish producer Robin Hannibal, the latter was contractually obligated elsewhere, leaving Milosh to tour without him and further imprint Rhye as his own brainchild in the process.
Mike Milosh didn’t really like Rhye’s debut album. After ‘Woman’ was released to critical acclaim in 2013, the multi-instrumentalist and singer drifted apart from the producer half of this mysterious LA R&B duo, Robin Hannibal, and two years later he said of its 10 songs: “There’s a veneer to the record that bothers me, like a polish that seems to inhibit some of the emotions I would like to have come off.” Consider that veneer gone along with Hannibal. In his absence, Milosh has stripped back Rhye’s slick instrumental palette to an organic base, having written much of the material while on tour.
Soaring vocals, huge fist-pumping beats and Calvin Harris’ name attached to it somehow. But while it can feel like fireworks are exploding everywhere as though at the end of a early 2000s romcom, love on the dancefloor can also feel more intimate, more restrained. Like you're the only two people in the room. That’s where RHYE step in, plying their trade in the quiet, dark corners of the club.