Dounia‘s album The Avant-Garden hit our radar better late than never because this lo-fi soul queen has some major style in her songs. A pronounced guitar carries the progression through much of the album, sometimes taking on squealing electric and other times gently acoustic forms, providing the crux of the melody that bolsters her smokey voice. Moments of distinct jazz are distilled into hazy R&B that slow-rolls its way into electronica with big grooves, all the while her earnest vocals flicker in and out of the music’s foreground.
If you need a place to start on this record, hit up the joyful, gospel-inspired title track or her collab with Kehlani “Rich Girl Mood,” which feels like sensual, R&B-fueled emo-rap of the most sophisticated nature. Listen below.