“Introducing” doesn’t feel like the right word to use for an artist like Alina Baraz, who’s been on the scene for half a decade already. Her debut album It Was Divine came out last Friday after being one of the most hotly-anticipated releases in recent years, featuring heavy-hitters Smino, 6LACK and Nas. The record is one of hazy lavishness – somewhere between a psyched-out Kevin Parker and dream-drenched Portishead – with Alina’s lyrical insouciance tapping uneasily against what could be quite tender self-examinations…


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