On Romeo, Sega Bodega (Salvador Navarrete) tells the story of a joyous relationship between himself and a mythical girlfriend, Luci – who happens to be made entirely of light. Channelling the feverish emotions of early love through dynamic breakbeats and ambitious production, the London artist’s second album, like his fictional beau, has a celestial quality – as if drifting off into an angelic fever dream.
The record follows on from 2020’s Salvador – one of Dazed’s top 20 albums of 2020. But if Navarrete’s debut was an aching reflection on heartbreak and loneliness, then Romeo is like stepping into the light. Starting with amphetamine-fuelled rager “Effeminacy”, and leading into the breezy “Only Seeing God When I Come” via “Cicada”’s swirling rhythms, there’s a spaciousness to the tracks. Combining elements of electronic, pop, and classical piano, Navarrete blends together angelic synths and ethereal textures to conjure feelings of warmth and intimacy. And with contributions by Arca, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Shygirl, and Isamaya Ffrench, as well as stunning album artwork by Aidan Zamiri, what’s not to miss?
Elsewhere, Holly Humberstone releases an intimate EP, DLTZK’s album is beautifully angst-ridden and guitar-heavy, while Logic1000’s record pulses with club-ready nostalgia.