Kelela - Hallucinogen
Critic Score
Based on 9 reviews
User Score
Based on 245 ratings
2015 Ratings: #46
Liked by 6 people
October 9, 2015 / Release Date
EP / Format
Cherry Coffee / Label
Alternative R&B / Genres
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Hallucinogen still features big names like Arca and Kingdom, but now its central star is bolder, brighter and more mesmerizing than ever.


Her new EP, Hallucinogen, uses the gristle and guts of feeling as a thematic base for exploring new textures in music.


Its six tracks see the self-described former “proper shower singer” climbing ever further into the synthesized mist.


She has made the transition from buzz-worthy by demonstrating consistency and range, and there's a certainty in her presentation and artistic choices that leave an infinite number of lanes open.

Pretty Much Amazing

In Hallucinogen, her voice takes lead, dictating when the music kicks in, cuts out, and shifts weight. A more experienced craftsman is wielding what worked before with more confidence and wisdom.

Rolling Stone

Hallucinogen is a fully-realized vision from an artist who's poised for a long and fruitful career.

Consequence of Sound

Hallucinogen shows a powerful sense of purpose, the marks of an artist making confident decisions rather than relying on the talent of a strong voice.

'Rewind' is such an insidious bop I can't stand it.

When people ask me for examples of fabulous EPs, I usually start with FKA Twigz (if they can handle it) or Hallucinogen. The amount of ground that Kelela manages to cover in one EP is incredible. The songs are experimental but not unfamiliar. She creates intimacy by blending of electronic and R&B sounds and her confident vocals. Kelela is in total control, and all you have to do is sit back and let the music consume you. This EP feels ... read more
I like the idea of making an album that details a painful breakup in reverse chronological order, but some parts of this record feel derivative to her contemporaries like FKA Twigs. Nevertheless, it's a solid grime-pop EP that falls a bit short in its last two tracks.

Fav Tracks: A Message, Gomenasai, Rewind, All the Way Down
Least Fav Track: Hallucinogen
Com a ascensão do novo R&B que tem nos nomes de Miguel, FKA twigs, The Weeknd e Frank Ocean os principais representantes, não é surpresa que novos artistas vão aparecendo cada vez mais em uma velocidade bem grande. Um desses nomes é da americana Kelela que lançou o ótimo EP Hallucinogen.

Com um mixtape (Cut 4 Me) já na bagagem aclamado pela critica e ganhando a atenção da Björk e da Solange Knowles, Kelela consegue ... read more
rewind and all the way down TE AMO
Excellent EP. Favorite tracks: A Message, Rewind, Hallucinogen.
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Added on: March 3, 2015