Goddamn, that Kenna kid makes some damn fine pop music. In what must be a bit of a
triumphant moment for the musician/tech head/good cause promoter/likely busybody, Kenna has just dropped a single called “How Will It End” on his EP Imitation is Suicide – Chapter 3 (Dim Mak records). The recording is actually the third part of the second part of a trilogy the artist calls the Land 2 Air Chronicles, and I say triumphant because the whole project was majorly sidelined in its early days when the hard-drive that stored most of the music failed before release. When that happens to most artists, they just move on and make something new, but not Kenna, who set about rerecording the whole thing and has now knocked out two of three parts.
This latest track features none other than the man himself, RJD2, who produced “How Will It End” with Kenna and provided a lush and often surprising electronic backdrop for the singer’s perfectly pop vocals to play in. It’s a good one, starting as a sorta slow, soulful hip-hop groove and then drastically changing the sound up partway through the song not once but twice, showcasing the song-crafting skill that these two have to a tee.
That kind of musical dynamism is really no surprise from either of these artists, as fans will know. Kenna’s career has famously featured an array of challenging, unique pop pieces that critics love (though that same challenging nature has kept him just out of the mainstream), and RJD2’s genre-jumping, weird-sample-flipping style is his signature in the hip-hop/EDM world. Together, it just damn works, and you can tell these two unique cats enjoyed working together, a notion Kenna himself echoed when he said of RJ, “He and I make alien waveforms. It’s just wherever our imagination takes us.”
If you’re like me and don’t consider pop a dirty word, take a dang listen below. In my opinion, this is the kinda pop that makes some other, more mainstream “experimental” pop musicians’ recent efforts look a damn joke, and it deserves to be known by a hell of a lot more people than it currently is.