For February's artist feature of the month, I wanted to focus on The Internet, a group comprised of Syd and Steve Lacy, among others, who have pioneered a free form blend of jazz, funk, soul, R&B and rap through a contemporary queer lens. In 2017, Syd (the band's lead singer) debuted her solo album FIN, a rich, expensive and silky harken-back to the days of Aaliyah, with unabashed declarations of love and lust for women, a rarity in the world of the R&B. I've also featured some of Syd's solo collaborations over the past year and change. From the guest verse on Leven Kali's love-focused 2018 single to the club-banger by Kingdom to KAYTRANADA's flawless house music touch. Both collectively, individually and with collaborators, they do not shy away depictions of marginalized identity while also being celebratory and sensual in the process.
The group is set to tour the festival circuit this summer, and Syd herself teased that a new group album is imminent, so I can't imagine anyone better to highlight for February, a month that is seemingly all about love.