Seemingly dropping out of the sky and onto the internet, Miles from Kinshasa’s debut track IVRY is a pretty special four minutes of laidback, glitzy and mysterious contemporary R&B.
The slightly jagged edges of the production work surprisingly nicely alongside Miles’ smooth and effortless vocals, something you tend not to come across with music that could be considered vaguely pop or electronic.
The accompanying video sees Miles, who hails from the Democratic Republic of Congo, bouncing down a London street in the only way that’s fitting to a track like this. His balaclava makes him appear like some kind of super villain, adding a little more mystery to the mix and leaving us all wondering who exactly Miles from Kinshasa is. His Twitter bio reads ‘Dennis Bergkamp '97-'98 season’, which just like IVRY needs little context to understand - as soon as I heard the song I felt like I just got it, despite the fact I know nothing about it.
With just the one track on offer right now, I am eagerly awaiting more from this exciting new artist. If the tracks that follow are anything like IVRY, Miles could be set to bring a totally fresh, synth-drenched brand of R&B that while truly original may bring artists such as James Blake, Theophilus London and How To Dress Well to mind.