Texas based musical artist HiL has release his nine track album, ‘Flamingo Isle’.
The genre-crossing record takes us from pop rock to R&B, to hip hop and draws clear influence from Prince, with HiL’s vocal style in particular, while the artist also cites Earth, Wind, and Fire, and Childish Gambino as inspirations.
With the drawling sultriness of the title track setting us up for what lays ahead, HiL lets rip with full on sex in second song, ‘Sweetness’. HiL’s pure R&B vocals are more than pleasantly offset by the nearly Calypso rhythms.
Track 3, ‘Curls’ leaves you in no doubt about his inspirations; it’s a song that could easily have come out of the fabled Paisley Park vault. ‘On Top’, meanwhile, the 4th song on the album, harks back to more retro roots.
‘Mocha’, the 5th song on the album, acts as a marker in between the two halves of the record. Opening in Spanish, it’s super catchy and, as in HiL’s own words,
“It’s a lot of fun to make music that people actually feel on first note.”
Feel we do! We’re dancing in our seat!
Born Hilsenton Alcee in Houston, HiL is currently based in Austin, Texas. He started out in music at 16 armed only with a midi piano, music software, and a computer belonging to his older brother. HiL’s first LP, ‘Regulas Revenge’, was a hip hop album, while the follow-up, ‘No Room For Angels’, took a step closer to full-blown pop. Now, with ‘Flamingo Isle’, he continues his journey. We’re happy to be travelling along with him!