Kali Uchis and Soko: Music Mavens

These young songstresses are blowing up the charts.


Perhaps not since the heyday of Jim Morrison has Los Angeles been quite so cool. And now, as then, talent is flocking to the City of Angels. The R&B singer Kali Uchis, 22, arrived from Colombia via Virginia and released a debut EP, Por Vida, earlier this year. Her colorful 1960s doo-wop sound and style are influenced by low-rider culture—think of her as a souped-up West Coast Amy Winehouse. The 29-year-old French-born pop star Soko, whose breakout album, My Dreams Dictate My Reality, hit in the spring, is a dark counterpart to Uchis. Her fatalistically inclined synth-rock owes a lot to the ’80s, as does her mix-and-match rocker-girl look: a little vintage, a lot of attitude.

Kali Uchis. Photo by Getty Images

Soko: Hair by Candice Birns for Davines at The Only.Agency; Makeup by Jeffrey Baum for Dior at Atelier Management.