Kelela + Gifted & Blessed, “The High”

As the curtain is raised on Kelela’s new single, a monochromatic Gifted & Blessed melody sets a tone that’s both sensual and sinister, forcing the listener to face every last detail of a love affair that’s left the singer feeling lost in a sea of muddled memories. Thanks to the track’s stark production values, we’re right there with her too, as a barely there beat drops into the abyss and the closing line—”that’s what you said,” repeated ad infinitum as if it’ll change everything—leaves a lingering sense of what’s at stake.