Chaka Khan- Hello Happiness
Released February 15, 2019
Disco, Funk, Modern Soul
Chaka Khan is a legendary vocalist from the 70s who is often referred to as the Queen of Funk. While she started in the 70s, she worked her way into the 80s pop charts and continued to make soulful funky material up until the 2000s. Ok so her last album was several years ago and i don't know what prompted her to release this record, but Holy shit I'm glad she did. This is Disco at its finest, this is Funk at its most sensual, exciting, and infectious. And the best part of this record is that it is really concise at only 7 tracks, which leaves very little room for mediocrity and she doesn't give any. Other than the last track unfortunately, which lacks that punchy attitude that u love, Hello Happiness is an absolutely riveting fun experience. These songs feel refreshing, mature, and adventurous. I would never expect Chaka Khan to experiment like she does on the production of Don't Cha Know, and the weird Synth percussion of Like Sugar, and I'm just utterly impressed with the end product here. The opening track is an incredible, empowering Funk track with an amazing slick groove and great catchy melodies. Following that we get another euphoric piece of Disco Funk on Like a Lady with an equally catchy melody and soaring strings. Chaka's vocals on this one are shattering and fun. The production and mix of Don't Cha Know is fiery and fresh and fucking awesome. The guitars just slice their way through the wonderful funky Prince-type groove of this thing. She eases us into the end with two slower and sweeter songs which i like, but overall I can see myself liking this even more if it was front to back bangers. That being said, this really shocked me and I invite you to please give this a shot. You may be surprised to hear that some of the most and refreshing dance music in 2019 is coming from the old Queen of Funk herself.
Favorite Tracks: Don't Cha Know, Hello Happiness, Too Hot, Like Sugar, Like a Lady, Isn't That Enough
Least Favorite Tracks: Ladylike
Rating: 8.0 - 3 hours ago