Lucky Daye – Algorithm

A stellar return from a modern R&B great...

The rise of Lucky Daye has been stunning to witness. It’s important to remember that his official debut single came in 2018 – and since then, we’ve seen an explosion of creativity. 2022 was a stellar year, with a Grammy win, and the commercial success of ‘Candydrip’. New album ‘Algorithm’ finds the R&B star dialling up his ambitions, thrilling with pop turns while remaining true to his soulful roots.

An ambitious 14-tracker, the care and attention put into ‘Algorithm’ means that the project actually hangs together remarkably well. There’s a potent central voice, something epitomised on soothing opener ‘Never Leavin’ You Lonely’. ‘HERicane’ is more than just a delicious pun, a soulful tribute to womanhood.

There’s more than few glittering guests here, but they’re all chosen to add to the over-arching whole. Epitomising his curational abilities, key pop moment ‘That’s You’ was co-written and co-produced by Bruno Mars, a sign of the star power Lucky Daye holds. Yet ‘Paralyzed’ was constructed with RAYE, whose journey in American terms has only just begun – it’s a wonderful moment, the two pushing each other to different spaces within their vocal range.

‘Think Different’ is a vow of independence, the mellifluous vocal wedded to lyrical poetry, while gorgeous closer ‘Diamonds In Teal’ is the perfect finale – dynamic and true, it’s a major league R&B statement with a sense of intimacy.

When CLASH spoke to Lucky Daye recently, he emphasised his passion for the craft, his thirst for musical expression. “We are actual musicians, we’re the technical, nerdy, and scientific music makers. I love working with people like that. I understand that some people are here to entertain us, but I like working with real musicians.”

On ‘Algorithm’, he unpicks standard modes of work, to blend deeply held musical ideas with profound entertainment. His best yet? Don’t doubt it.

8/10

Words: Robin Murray

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