Like British "Wildest Moments" chanteuse Jessie Ware? What about experimental electro-soul singer-songwriter James Blake? How 'bout The xx? Well, then you'll love Los Angeles duo Rhye, which made their live TV debut Monday night on Jimmy Kimmel Live. It's a good time to be a fan of hyper-sexy, minimal neo-soul music.
Like Ware, Rhye's sound is poppy with vocal nods to Sade, which is all over their excellent breakout debut Woman. Like Blake, their sound is more experimental, with piano loops and atmospheric flourishes. And like the xx, it's minimal and really, really sexy. This is between the sheets music.
The duo formed when Robin Hannibal, of Copenhagen-based electronic group Quadron, recruited Canadian producer/vocalist Mike Milosh to work with the group. They hit it off and, coincidentally, later relocated to Los Angeles around the same time and soon started collaborating on the new Rhye project. They keep it mysterious, too, releasing their first single anonymously and not showing their faces live, bathing them in light or hiding in the shadows. Most surprising, though: That's a man's voice. Milosh—yes, he's a dude—can really sing in a high tenor.
Watch the performance above, then get Woman ASAP.