bilal

It feels like a while since Bilal released an album, but his presence has been with us all along. Recent collaborative spots that I’ve particularly enjoyed include Georgie Anne Muldrow’s ‘More & More‘ and ‘Letter To Hermione’ on Robert Glasper’s Grammy Award-winning ‘Black Radio‘.

‘A Love Surreal’ is delivered by BBE Music on Tuesday 26th February, but you can stream the album now, in full, via NPR’s First Listen series. Opening with a tantalisingly brief slo-mo house groove, it quickly dips into ‘West Side Girl’, a popping drum break with a vocal inspired by a certain pop legend from Minneapolis.

From here, the album that was originally conceived as an EP floats through matters of love, jazz and spirituality, sonically bound by its thematic tribute to the surrealist paintings of Salvador Dali.