Lounging in a button-up shirt in her new apartment, Kyla looks like a model in a Method commercial. "Daydreaming," her followup to the epicly punishing funky house R&B siren song, "Do You Mind?", is more of a laid back affair, navel gazing funky. A year ago, FADER published a story on bassline music in the UK, which was the then super forward and popular UK dance music poised to disseminate worldwide. We focused on T2, whose track with Jodie Ayisha, "Heartbroken," is a tightly wound parallel to funky's wooden percussion base. We waited for bassline to produce more monumental bangers, but, at least in the way that allows them to leak over from the UK, it didn't. So now we have funky. There are a couple of tracks that have paraded into the US, but it's difficult to say if funky will bubble up thick. But "Daydreaming," a slight departure for the genre, even if really not much more than a slightly askew R&B jam, is a sign of evolution, even if that means a move to the middle.
July 29, 2009