Minxy ex-Pussycat Doll Kaya Jones has flicked her plait, hung up her boa and decided to branch out on her own. We recently caught up with the US singer and we can confirm that her debut album is a poptastically dark ghost train ride of surly synths, sexy symbiosis and wildly frenetic dance.
The eponymous album Kaya is a sultrily self-assured mission for the blonde temptress. We are absolutely loving the brilliant ‘Boyfriend’, in which Kaya Jones bemoans the trials and tribulations of her man falling for, well, another man.
The next highlight appearing shortly after in a pair of studded ankle boots, is ‘Release The Energy’. A shamelessly mainstream, fun, sweat soaked dance number, it’s the perfect soundtrack for a few perhaps-too-strong vodka and cranberry in the living room before hitting the club.
Perhaps our ultimate favourite is ‘Let Me Be Me’ – a disconcertingly Norah Jones-esque, languoring ballad, calling to mind chintz and tassels and red silk, scattered with chocolates in the shape of hearts. We can imagine Kaya pouting from under a felt fedora, crooning into a vintage microphone, rose petals tumbling through her hair.
Perhaps one of the album’s weaker moments is the slightly 90s budget ‘Wallflowa’ (we assume she meant to spell it like that). Over disjointed steel drums and fast-fading vocals, Kaya breathes the lyrics ‘perception is everything when it comes to this’. Yes, Kaya. Yes it is.
Despite this, we don’t dispute it’s a great album. It’s fun, sexy, doesn’t make much sense, and is completely unpretentious. And that’s our idea of a good Saturday night.
Go Get It: ‘Let Me Be’
Forget It: ’Wallflowa’