Sometimes at MOAI Magazine we like to go off the beaten track when choosing our news… but on this occasion, the detour is well deserved.
Because just a few days ago, on June 24th to be precise, the fifth album (in less than two years…) of the most mysterious and overwhelming band of recent times arrived to the public.
After 5, 7, released in 2019, and Untitled (Black Is) and Untitled (Rise), released in the second half of 2020, Sault has released Nine.
But… Who or who are Sault? The only credits that can be found on their albums is the name Inflo (alias of Dean Josiah Cover) as producer, collaborator of Michael Kiwanuka (who appeared as guest vocalist on a track of Untitled (Black Is), as well as Laurette Josiah) and Little Simz, who contributes his voice on a track of Nine.
There are hints that two vocalists, Cleopatra Nikolic, aka Cleo Sol and Melissa Young, could be members of the group.
Other than that, it’s all speculation. There are no photos, no videos, no interviews. And in Nine, again, a big payload against racism, this time with great concern about the situation of black girls and boys growing up in the UK.
Again, too, a difficult-to-define musical creation, with a crossover of styles. We can find breaks, nu disco, soul and even post punk funk, all mercilessly beaten together to make another album that is sure to get great reviews in the specialized media.
On sale for 99 days only. Already available as a digital download and can be pre-ordered on cd and vinyl here.