Known for helping craft standout tracks—including “Drunk in Love”—on Beyoncé’s self-titled 2013 album, producer and multi-instrumentalist Boots (né Jordan Asher) showcases the range of his talents on this slinky, sinister debut. Equal parts minimal R&B and grimy trip-hop, the tracks rise from frenetic, scuffling percussion and hypnotic, blissed-out beats. Asher layers those with stream-of-consciousness speak-singing: On “Oraclies” and “Dead Come Running,” ominous visions hover atop staggering backbeats; on mellower cuts like “Only” and “Still,” his murmured melodies hint at something sweeter.

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