Kelela

Take Me Apart

  • Label Warp
  • Genre America & Canada
  • Released 06/10/17 06/10/17 06/10/17 06/10/17
  • Cat no warpcd287 warplp287x warplp287 warplp287r

4pp Digi with concertina fold out booklet plus Bonus CD.

Double transparent vinyl in paper inners and printed gatefold sleeve, 8 page lyric booklet (7" folded size) and 6 panel fold out poster (12” folded size), download card insert and Bonus CD.

Single LP with printed inner sleeve, download card insert and Bonus CD.

Rough Trade Exclusive and Limited Version. Double neon orange vinyl in paper inners and printed gatefold sleeve, 8 page lyric booklet (7" folded size) and 6 panel fold out poster (12” folded size), download card insert and Bonus CD.

Rough Trade Album of the Month: October 2017

Rough Trade Exclusive with a bonus CD (while stocks last). With great anticipation, Kelela's debut album emerges as an epic portrait of an artist spanning the past and future of R&B. In her hands, however, the genre knows no boundaries and so ​Take Me Apart​ exists as an absolutely singular and fearless addition to a canon of recent classics. From her very earliest work, honesty and vulnerability have been cornerstones of Kelela's art - even when clad in the armor of the avant-garde electronics she so deftly inhabits - and T​ake Me Apart​ sees her double down on both the emotional intensity and resonance of her message as well as the sonic seeking she is renowned for.

Take Me Apart​ stands not only as an intensely personal chronicle, but also a defiant and turbulent statement direct from Kelela; "Despite it being a personal record, the politics of my identity informs how it sounds and how I choose to articulate my vulnerability and strength. I am a black woman, a second-generation Ethiopian-American, who grew up in the 'burbs listening to R&B, Jazz and Björk. All of it comes out in one way or another." The process of crafting ​Take Me Apart​ embraced the approach of widely collaborative R&B, hip-hop and pop production while roaming a strange and wonderful path. Working with a cast of peers, Kelela deconstructs many results of their collaborations and builds them back up into pieces of a cohesive whole, effectively orchestrating these multitudes in aid of her singular vision. "It's this tapestry I've knitted together that attracts different types of listeners and challenges them at the same time, often within the same song. That's what I want to bring to my entire catalogue" says Kelela.

2CD - 4pp Digi with concertina fold out booklet plus Bonus CD.

LP - Single LP with printed inner and outer sleeve, download card insert and Bonus CD.

2LP - Double transparent vinyl in paper inners and printed gatefold sleeve, 8 page lyric booklet (7" folded size) and 6 panel fold out poster (12” folded size), download card insert and Bonus CD.

2LP+ - Rough Trade Exclusive and Limited Version. Double neon orange vinyl in paper inners and printed gatefold sleeve, 8 page lyric booklet (7" folded size) and 6 panel fold out poster (12” folded size), download card insert and Bonus CD.

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