Get ready, your morning meditation is about to be taken to a whole other level with Jhene Aiko’s latest album, ‘Chilombo’.
Recorded in the lush hills of Hawaii, Aiko surrounded herself with crystals, incense and singing bowls as she went on a journey of self-discovery through the healing powers of sound.
Each song features the transcendental tones of the ancient bowls, which are said to balance chakras and soothe anxiety.
The album’s title, ‘Chilombo’ pays homage to the R&B singers last name.
This is a project that deals with heartbreak and each song is penned in a way that brings our thoughts full circle, to somewhere more zen.
Here are my top 6 picks, in no particular order, just because I couldn’t get it down to five.
‘None of Your Concern’ featuring Big Sean marks the duo’s second collaboration since 2019’s, ‘Single Again’ as they reflect on their relationship complications and attempts at moving on. Both tracks symbolise a different phase of their paths towards moving on from their past falling out.
Alongside its release, the tune was accompanied with some snazzy visuals featuring Jhene and Sean in various parts of Hawaii.
‘P*$$Y Fairy (OTW)’ is a sultry, seductive tone setting the scene for Aiko as she describes an intimate relationship, weaving imagery of tension, pleasure and passion. Aiko’s mesmerising vocals swirl around, as she sings, “f*** all your free time, you don’t need no me time, that’s you and me time.”
Don’t scroll any further without checking out the accompanying illuminated music video taking the tune to a whole other sensual level.
‘Happiness Over Everything (H.O.E.) features Atlanta rapper, Future and Californian R&B singer, Miguel. Taking references off ‘Hoe’ as featured on Aiko’s debut mixtape, ‘Sailing Souls’. Produced by Fisticuffs, this one is definitely one of the more sultry tunes off the record, guaranteed to instantly get you in the mood.
One Way St.’ features Ab-Soul is one of my favourites for sure. Aiko mulls over the direction of her life and at times, questions her own sanity for a bit over a low-key synth and chilled beat. Staying true to Aiko’s signature style, “melancholy, mediocre mess, maybe I should give it a rest now, I just gotta get this off my chest.”
Impossible to ignore, Ab-Soul brings his flair to the track as he raps about coming to terms with feeling lost.
If you close your eyes when listening to ‘Mourning Doves’, it’s guaranteed this song is really the closest thing to heaven. In case you didn’t know, those doves you hear singing are real-life sampled mourning doves, as Aiko confirmed to a fan on Twitter.
Produced by LEJKEYS, the tune intertwines Aiko’s soothing “oohs” with a bird call sample. In fact, the doves call is actually a seasonal mating call but the reason why its named a ‘mourning call’ is due to its rather bleak, mournful sound. This is quite fitting, as Aiko sings “the doves weren’t crying, they only were trying’, to tell us to try it again.”
Go get your copy of Jhene Aiko’s ‘Chilombo’ HERE.