Published Apr 30, 2019There's a lot to like on 143, an EP from Montreal recording artist Janette King. It's solidly produced, pop-oriented R&B that cleaves to a familiar, contemporary sound and feel. Drawing on her disparate musical influences — James Blake, Erykah Badu, SZA — and her Caribbean heritage, the producer, vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and DJ serves up well-constructed electronic grooves and soundscapes.
While still exploring the extent of her vocal parameters, tracks like the deterministic bop of "Starlight" — "We existed under dark of the night" — and the poppy "Love Another" threatens to be an earworm. Running at five songs, 143 does its job in giving King room to grow and flourish. (Independent)