There are artists who tell a story and those who tell it from their heart. Montreal to Bay Area crooner OTH€LLO undoubtedly defines the latter, as showcased through his raw new album, Miss Mayotte. This sultry record blends classic R&B with a hip-hop flow, touching on elements of funk and neo-pop for the soul. Risque, romantic, and ultimately rewarding, Miss Mayotte is sure to be a classic for fans of hypnotic rhythm and silky smooth vocals that highlights the artist’s original sound.
Starting off this album is the otherworldly track, “Her Soul Speaks,” which illustrates a love letter to the artist’s muse and their intimate entanglement. Following this song is the moody “Afterglow,” with a scintillating sound that can be compared to contemporary acts such as Frank Ocean and is just as catchy with hard-hitting lyrics that fit as both a diss track and a love song. “SZA 4 NGAZ” is a contagious single to hit midway through the album, reminiscent of old-school Outkast with a beautiful combination of clean vocals and rap.
Track four, “Suave,” introduces the audience to OTH€LLO’s sensitive side and paves the way for the vulnerable second half of the album. With “Silicone x Melanin,” Miss Mayotte takes a new turn to display his vulnerable attitude and leaves the listeners wanting more. “No translation” sneaks up next as a calming interlude with tremendous wordplay and notable samples that contain a signature groove which would make any listener bob their head along to.
What transpires is the gorgeous anthem “Hallucination,” which truly echoes the essence of the album and the love the artist has for the subject of his desire. This track is one for a date night playlist to manifest a long-lasting romance or a simple first date to attract the object of one’s affection. It is truly a shiver-inducing song that deserves to be played on repeat.
As a grand finale, OTH€LLO finishes his grooving odyssey with the title track, “Miss Mayotte.” Featuring Caribbean-inspired rhythm and pop culture references, this song is an ode to new love and love lost within an incredible four minutes of musical bliss. This single track defines the entire album that completes the record from start to finish.
Overall, Miss Mayotte tells a story of romance and every step along the way, leading to a wild encounter with a potential soulmate. OTH€LLO is boastful, yet honest about his true intentions while also alluding to his bottom line of finding a full connection to another person. It’s very easy to get lost in the beat and the smooth vocal style of the artist on the first listen, and even harder to not feel the beauty behind each note.