“Now she wanna fuck me” – that’s how Ego Death starts, without warning. That’s pretty symptomatic of the way Odd Future offshoot The Internet approach modern R&B. Syd and Matt pull no punches, they ask no questions, they just do their thing and it comes out sounding pretty damn good.
So as Get Away starts the album off strong, they segue into the Janelle Monae-featuring Gabby. Which, essentially, isn’t anything you’d expect a Monae feature to sound like. Not only are The Internet masters of delivering their own unapologetic – and extra-sexual – style, they’re also brilliant curators. That’s why the leftfield collaboration works, and why even a James Fauntleroy can happily take a backseat on For the World.
The Internet know exactly what they’re doing and how to do it, then. Something’s Missing continues that breathy, sensual style of soul above spaced-out production, Kaytranada-aided Girl stands out as not only the highlight of the album but the genre’s year; there’s distinctly less steam in the second half of the album, but it’s more than made up for everything gone before. Every time Syd coos, we melt. Every time an ego dies around The Internet, a genre feels reborn.
Ego Death by The Internet can be ordered here.