By Kieran Webber
June 3rd sees the debut album from the illustrious musician and singer Xenia Rubinos ‘Black Terry Cat’ via ANTI records, her evocative vocals flow in unison with a bassline that is dripping in funky goodness. To pin an artist as diverse and unique as Rubinos would be insulting to her mad musical genius, she blends elements of funk, Jazz, R&B and soul into one big beautiful stew.
In her latest single ‘Lonely Lover’ the first track she finished for the upcoming album, her evocative vocals flow in unison with a bassline that is dripping in funky goodness.
She explained her process to us:
“With the vocals I got into this spooky romantic zone thinking of singers like Billie Holiday, Judy Garland and the funk of Chaka Khan,” she explains, “I was channeling all those singers but then ended up redoing the vocals on my own in my kitchen because they just weren’t feeling honest. So I took a bottle of Aguardiente and started doing vocal takes. I lit papers on fire to get a smokey smell around me and thought that instead of emulating these other high priestesses I should create my own voice and find my own way to say my piece. I’m really proud of the result.”
Album artwork and tracklisting:
Don’t Wanna Be
Just Like I
I Won’t Say
Now Ur Being the Girl
How Strange It Is