EP Review: Vilda Ray – Liquid Sun

Liquid Sun is the new EP from American disco and funk artist Vilda Ray.

By Graeme Smith

It’s an EP that is infused with the Los Angeles weather in which it was no doubt written. From its opening title track – which feels like a love poem to the summer – to its electro pop closer Techno Baby.

It’s not all sunshine and rainbows though. There is depth and texture to Vilda’s brand of disco. Boyfriend/Girlfriend has an easy groove and affirming message. Soothing is an understated, seductive ballad with a charming piano melody in the chorus. Glitter is a lo-fi, introspective exploration of the concept of self-confidence.

Originally from the Pacific island of Guam, Vilda was raised on a musical diet of Prince and Chaka Khan. The influences are evident but there’s a fresh pop feel to her interpretation of that ’70s and ’80s disco and funk sound. Comparisons can be drawn between Vilda and contemporaries Janelle Monae and Duckwrth but the simple fact is that Vilda doesn’t fit in any genre boxes. She runs a gamut from dance to soulful R&B.

Vilda Ray is bringing something different to the world of pop and she’s doing it in her own way and with her own voice. Liquid Sun is a collection that acts as a wonderful introduction to her music. Fans of any of the aforementioned artist will dig it but really it’s a record with universal appeal. When the warm weather returns, throw your windows open, stick it on loud and have a dance around your kitchen to it. You’ll be glad you did.

Check out Liquid Sun below. If you like what you hear, there’s more like it on our (‘Til The Weekend) Comes Round Again playlist on Spotify.