Seigar Recommends: “Miami” by Kali Uchis

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There’s something magical about this song. It brings sensuality, breeziness, and also honey in its lyrics and sounds. Kali Uchis is a Colombian singer that has been compared to Lauryn Hill, Amy Winehouse, Lana del Rey and Lady Gaga. She can be any and all of them at the same time. “Miami” continues the line of a tradition of Latin-inspired songs like “La Isla Bonita” by Madonna, “Mi Chico Latino” by Geri Halliwell or “Ti Amo by Gina G, and while it is not as risky as “Gimme a Chance” by Azealia Banks, this one definitely plays in the first division of its type.

The album it belongs to is entitled Isolation (Pitchfork 8.6), and it is one of the best of the year so far. It showcases lots of different music genres, from R&B to bossa nova, but all the songs fit into the pop category. She, in fact, becomes the element that brings everything together.

The influences are clear, and here and there, through the whole album, but she still keeps her personality and delivers a cool record. In “Miami,” she tells a story with her immigrant perspective about the American dream, and about the neon lighting in the slang of the queer community. Her roots are also shown in the lyrics, with Spanglish rhymes:

Las cabronsitas
Bienvenidos a Miami…

or

Vamos pa’ Miami, how we live la vida loca
Me llamo Perrico pero no me gusta coca

Now, listen to this groovy track, feel the summer heat again:

(Song recommendation by Seigar)

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