"Henrietta"

This Brooklyn band calls its upcoming third LP "demented R&B,"and the alluringly weird first single makes good on that promise. Over hot molasses dub bass and flowery keyboard spritz, Chris Keating croons a ballad to Henrietta Lacks, a 1950s cancer patient whose cells were used for the polio vaccine after her death. But he delivers it with feeling – like they've got a hot date tonight on the astral plane. And the mix of creepy–as–hell crush and first–rate historical research makes for nerd–soul magic. 

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From The Archives Issue 1158: June 7, 2012
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