Alina Baraz

Urban Flora

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Back in 2013, Los Angeles-based singer and songwriter Alina Baraz connected with Danish producer Galimatias via Soundcloud. Less than two years later, they're co-billed artists on the high-profile Ultra label with this eight-track EP. As with Baraz and Galimatias' previously released material -- some of which is contained here -- Urban Flora is consistently relaxed and slightly trippy, nearly torpid, filled with lapping sounds carefully plotted for solitary and one-on-one bedroom settings. "Drift," one of the duo's early tracks, details what could be their desired effect: "You're like a wave washing over me, pulling me underneath, sinking slowly." "Fantasy" approaches low-key pop with hints of lovers rock reggae, but otherwise, this is R&B-infused downtempo electronic music stripped of extravagance.