There’s something completely hypnotic about Cooly G’s new album. It’s as if she was able to distill the feeling of a few dozen late night ’90s house-R&B classics into just a handful of tracks, before soaking each of them in the appropriate dose of narcotic reverb. A fixture of the London underground scene, Cooly G’s made her name to date mostly off the strength of a subtly spacey take on UK funky. With Playin’ Me though, she expands on that formula into more personal territory, putting her voice front and center, and crafting sultry, intimate jams that give us a glimpse of her own world. “Good Times” is an absolute stunner, complimented by some slow-burning synth work and sparse, bouncy percussion, and ready to soundtrack just about any hazy, post-party montage imaginable. Suffice to say, it’s not every producer that’s able make three in the morning feel this warm and inviting.
Download: Cooly G – “Good Times”