Today is the release of Kallitechnis’ second single for her upcoming EP called Selfish. I have to make sure to inform you all that this track was produced by multi-faceted artist from Amsterdam Jarreau Vandal. He did a good job of putting this track together to fit the style of Kallitechnis. In fact, maybe a tad bit relaxed? So I went back and listened to Jarreau’s most recent album last year, Suburb Superhero: The Villain Within, and was reminded that this is his sound. It’s probably the fact that it’s been awhile since I’ve heard the album.
SELFISH isn’t a song. It’s more of a tale. It’s a relatable story about shifting from a conventional people-pleasing attitude toward one that is founded in self-respect and the establishment of boundaries. It was my way to redemption; to make up for all the times I gave up myself simply for wanting to feel loved by somebody else.
The theme of this track is Kalli wanting to be “selfish” about her feelings and to stop giving them away just to feel loved. She wants to get back to a place where she’s number 1 in her life before she can worry about anyone else, especially the one she’s breaking up with in the track. The song is on brand with the trend I’ve been seeing this decade about women finding love first within themselves before finding it in others.
After this, it’s release day. October 8 is the date we are all waiting for. Six tracks full of that quality we come to expect from Montreal’s very own.
Montreal’s very own, Kallitechnis has released her first single for her upcoming EP later this year with Outta My Way featuring Londoner 23 Unofficial. She said it herself on Twitter that the song slaps and I gotta agree. I’ve been playing it on repeat for about half an hour and the song just doesn’t get old.
JP and I produced and wrote OUTTA MY WAY via Zoom. We were both in a good mood and wanted to make a song that we could both party to and kick it to. OUTTA MY WAY has a duality like that. It’s hot and cold. 23 floats through his verse effortlessly. I just love that it slaps when the hook comes around, yet it’s chill in the verses.
You have to appreciate a song that is not OVER produced and gives you that vibe out to the track. And to think they were so confident in the song, you get a good 30 seconds at the end of the track to take it all in.
If the EP is as good as this song right here, we might be getting something special. I’ve always been a fan of Kallitechnis and have always delivered quality music. If you haven’t before, pay attention to her and be ready for that project to drop.
I knew from the hook of DNA that a l l I e and Daniela Andrade gave us something special. The Canadian connection between these ladies has delivered, preemptively, the best track in a l l i e’s new project. The production feels so new and ethereal and that has my brain just tingling. One of the other things I love about the track is how they deliver the chorus in different ways. The expression of the voices when they “beg” and “DNA” are either held notes or comes in high and leaves low. It doesn’t leave a stale after taste.
What’s interesting with the lyrics is that they sing about not begging for the other person’s love. In fact, they are singing how the other person wants it and how they should be working for it.
Show me what you know about it; Tell me that you can’t go without it; (Tell me why)
a l l i e ft. Daniela Andrade – DNA
It sucks that there is no music video for this because I can only imagine the scene of two strong women in a l l i e and Daniela coming through on set and when all of a sudden either one comes out and says I could never beg. It’s not in my DNA.
We are almost at the end of another week. But a small congrats that we’ve been doing this for 80 weeks. That’s a long time. Let’s start off with Floridian Kilo Kish and her latest single American Gurl. One of the most spiritual-elevating collabs I’ve heard in a long time with a l l i e and Daniela Andrede and DNA. We also have Indian artist Peekay working with Jonathan Edward to release her latest single You Don’t Have To Try.
I really REALLY love this playlist and I hope you do too.
How uplifting can it be if you hear your love tell you that you smell like my favorite colors? The spirit that KALLITECHNIS is giving in her music video for colo(u)rs. The whole time she just gives off good energy and you can’t help but to bop your head and smile along. The simplicity of the video along with the aftereffects on the lyrics and shots were also well done. I see in the cover art she is various shades of orange. I never heard or seen her outright say which color is her favorite, but I’ll go out on a limb and say it might be orange.
She then comes out two weeks later in her Sounds of So(u)litude project with Gifted. I can tell from these two songs there is a spirit of positivity from Kallitechnis. Looking at the lyrics on this song, it might be one of her best in terms of songwriting. Every verse packs a literary punch and the chorus is so beautiful in it wrapping up to the last line “You’re so gifted” This is what the message is all about and sometimes you have to be reminded of that. Kallitechnis fills in that void of motivation for someone who needs to hear it. Not just in Gifted, but in all of her songs, that I’ve had a chance to hear in the year in change. And most important of all, the consistency in the song writing. A good tune can get me in the door, but it’s the lyrics that will keep me reigned in. It also doesn’t hurt Kallitechnis’ singing is top notch.
Haitian DJ Michael Brun and Shay Lia comes together for a bop in Baby Who. The premise behind the song is Shay making sure both parties know who is running the show. The chorus “Baby, you don’t know who’s playing who” and the second verse sets the backdrop, but it really just comes to the beat from Michael Brun and Shay killing it on the vocals. If you haven’t heard of Shay Lia before, you are missing out on a talent. So far there is only a visualizer, but can you imagine an actual music video for this song? I mean who wouldn’t want to see Shay Lia give the stars a show. Play this track out loud volumes and give a little sweat for the good vibes.