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‘K’ is for Mikaela Kahn

4 Mar

Mikaela Kahn

A few weeks ago we happened upon a gorgeous new voice wrapped around smooth R&B beats and melodies online. We loved it but before we had time to fully get into the tunes and find out more, they were gone. Yet that glimpse stayed with us and, investigating hat upon our head, we went searching. Eventually, with a little help, we found that those soft sultry vocals belonged to Mikaela Kahn and so, after a long absence, a new Alphabet Band was found.

Based out of Austin, Texas, Kahn last year released her debut EP, Fall With You and is about to share her first album, the seven track delight that is Milk & Honey. In the short time between these two releases her music has evolved and developed. Fall With You had more of a folky, country feel to it whereas Milk & Honey is full on smooth jams and late night beats blended with pop and electronica. It was tracks from this full length that we accidently heard, loved and that had set us off on our investigatory path.

Still in her early twenties, Kahn has had an interesting musical journey thus far, including getting a college education in Jazz, being a backing vocalist for an Elvis impersonator (award winning impersonator we must say) and also for Chrisette Michele. As any good press release will tell you, these experiences have helped shape the person Kahn has become and the music she makes. What they won’t have done per se is give her the drop dead gorgeous voice she has been blessed with and it is that which helps her stand out from her contemporaries.

For example, on “Losing You” (a stripped back version of which you can watch below) the arrangement seems deliberately understated to give centre stage to a rich vocal that feels part Mariah, part Aguilera, part Alicia Keys. Full of heartbreak and emotional torment, its powerful yet vulnerable at the same time. There are Mariah moments on “I Want You” as well and “Where You Are” is a stunningly simple guitar and voice song that suits her perfectly.

Our focus on Kahn’s voice is not to denigrate the production or composition of the songs, far from it, as both are fantastic, it’s just that those baby smooth vocals are so enchanting and beguiling that it’s hard to focus on anything else. But we must, and we shall.

The aforementioned “I Want You” is a brooding, shadowy ripple of electronica and slow burning intensity. “Chemical Attraction” has a gorgeously soulful and laidback groove, perfect for some slow cheek-to-cheek swaying as candles flicker in the background and wine waits patiently to be enjoyed. Alongside opener, “Fire & Lace”, it is a gorgeous blend of pop and R&B that should be platinum selling.

Across its seven songs, Milk & Honey serves up late evening sultriness, cold light of day heartbreak, and middle of the night seductions. All the while delivered by one of the sweetest, smoothest and sultry voices we’ve heard in a long time. We’re in love, but we suspect you’d already worked that out…

’Milk & Honey’ is due for release on 14 April.

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Watch: Kid Savant Premiere New Video – “Drop It On The Stereo”

19 Oct

Photo credit: Deneka Peniston

Brooklyn based electronic rock quartet Kid Savant are gearing up for the release of their debut EP, Drop It On The Stereo next Monday (24 October). We’ll be looking at these guys in more detail in the very near future but for now, enjoy their new video for the EP’s title track.

Warning, contains swearing and a message for society.

Great Videos and February Preview

31 Jan

Yeah so, I’ve been a bit tardy in posting this week. Sorry about that, the real world got in the way somewhat this week. So, to make it up to you lovely people I’ll give you a quick preview of what’s coming up in February and as an extra treat, four of the best videos of all time. OF ALL TIME!

So, February’s going to be pretty packed. At the very least I will endeavour to do the following:

T – These New Puritans, Hidden review.

T – Them Crooked Vultures (eventually).

G – Ellie Goulding (yep, been promising that one for a while too).

CONTRA! – Review and thoughts on Vampire Weekend’s latest masterpiece.

K- Two part piece on Chicago’s finest, Kid Savant.

LIVE BLOG! – Yep, I’m gonna give it a go. Live blog from the NME Shockwaves tour.

Los Campesinos! – Gig Review.

So, that’s the plan for Feb, plus any other stuff that may come up, like taking the piss out of the Brits some more.

Now, on to those top four videos! Enjoy.

Moray McLaren – We Got Time. No special effects or CGI in this, all legit.

Tenacious D – Tribute. Complete with Dave Grohl Demon!

Pop – Pop Goes My Heart. You don’t like it? You’re dead inside, fact.

Hurt – Johnny Cash Version. Great cover, great video.

Hope you like them.

Don’t agree? Feel free to post alternatives in the comments section below.