TIME: 5 SONGS YOU NEED TO LISTEN TO THIS WEEK | "JUKAI" JHENE AIKO
5 Songs You Need to Listen to This Week
Jhené Aiko produces a highly personal, deeply-felt meditation on grief and self-discovery in her new album Trip. Seattle rapper Macklemore's new album Gemini reaches a high in his collaboration with Kesha on "Good Old Days." Ohio rockers Walk the Moon make a triumphant return with an upbeat, honest new single. Irish crooner Dermot Kennedy finds new levels of intensity and sadness on a many-layered heartbreak track. And Cuban artist Xiomara Laugart contributes her own rich sound to a strong collection of Cuban and American soul tunes.
"Jukai," Jhené Aiko
Sink into the dreamy journey of Jhené Aiko on "Jukai," one of the syrupy tracks off the talented R&B singer and writer's latest deeply personal project, Trip. Conceptualized in three parts — as an album, as a short film and as a book of poetry — Trip documents Aiko's journey, emotionally and physically, as she copes with the loss of her brother and navigates the rocky terrain of grief and self-reckoning over the last few years. Over 22 tracks and 90 minutes, Aiko's voice — sweet and light — finds new expression in raw honesty. "Hell is other people," she sighs on the atmospheric, ethereal "Jukai." "Or the lack thereof. And their lack of love."
"In sharing this... I hope to inspire others to share their grief and pain, because I believe suffering can be alleviated when we understand we are not going through any of it alone," Aiko wrote of releasing the work, which was four years in the making. The experience of listening is therapeutic, above all else: in a trance, Aiko guides us down her path of healing.