Miles, may be “miles from Kinshasa”, but the essence of his homeland and roaming persona (his formative years were spent in Paris) seeps into his diasporic sonic expression; his self-styled moniker a play on the rich cultural cache of the capital, Congo. Invoking the history of his birthplace; the francophone appeal of Paris; and the cosmopolitan melting pot of his home in South London, Miles creates hybridised songs that pull from strands in his nomadic life.
It leads us to now. ‘Beloved’, a generous 8-track EP, is a culmination of a 3-year sojourn; invariably Miles from Kinshasa’s most assured, layered release to date. Miles merges the 80s sophisti-pop shimmer of Sade’s ‘Diamond Life’ - the reverberating sax, plush chords and bossa nova rhythms - with the woozy hedonism of contemporary afro-RnB. Slower, sexier, jazzier – ‘Beloved’ is a heady concoction.