Rhye arrived on the music scene mysteriously in early 2012, when a few tracks appeared under a cloak of anonymity. The songs were very sexy, sultry, and hovered among quiet-storm R&B, down-tempo electronica, and gently orchestral pop. The voice, a swooning, gentle alto, immediately called to mind Sade. So it surprised many that the singer turned out to be a man, Toronto's Mike Milosh, and Rhye turned out to be his collaboration with Denmark's Robin Braun.
Rhye's debut album, Woman, came out in March, and it's one of the year's standout releases, a perfectly calibrated, entrancing set of eros-filled ballads. Those songs were transformed into something even more artful, spacious and transfixing Saturday night at a sold out show at World Cafe Live's upstairs room.