“I’ve had some really awesome opportunities making music, but remixing Kenna, it personally was one for the books. I’ve been a uber huge fan of Kenna since his first album & to get the nod to be able to remix his Dim Mak debut, I was more than stoked! It was difficult choosing what to use from the original because I wanted to use it all. The end result was reusing some of the track percussion and I snatched a part of Kenna’s vocal that had resonated the most to me. I did my best to remold the track in a new light with heavy energy and into the guise of a Dim Mak banger… ‘Lets have Relations!'” – Kevin Focus
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Justin Martin’s remix of Kenna “Relations” morphs the playful track into a spaced out DEEP HOUSE TUNE that even breaks out a little bit of an Italo disco vibe at times. The result is a journey through the galaxy with the Dirtybird master as your copilot – buckle up and enjoy the ride.
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Now that we’ve just about finished getting excited about the new divergences, tangents and confluences that resulted in the new styles and genres of 2013, it’s time to start coining some new ones. Future soul might not mean much to us now, but it sounds pretty exciting. And who better to give us a personal introduction than Grammy nominee Kenna.
“Pink Matter” – Frank Ocean
I think this song was overshadowed by the many other records that Frank has put out. I think it resonated with me because it reminded me lyrically of the things in my head that I may or may not ever want people to find out. Some insane things go through it. Outside of that, like I told Frank, he could sing the phone book and we would listen.
“I’m Into You” – Chet Faker
This dude has great tone. Not sure if this is “future soul” but it is soulful to me. I think we have a divergence in sound vs. genre. This is the type of record that bends the rules and this is the type of artist that leaves you wondering where his soul will lead us.
“Treat Me Like Fire” – Lion Babe
Her name is Lion Babe. What man isn’t going to want to know what that sounds like. After you hear her though, you can feel her influences in the delivery of her melody, but the song is original. The video is raw and rad. Her name is Lion Babe, for the love of God.
“Cold Nites” – How to Dress Well
A friend put me on to this. I think it just has a great deal of raw energy in it. The lyrics are bent towards the ethereal and allows you to morph it into your own life. The strength in it is its illusive quality – it’s just mesmerizing.
“Love Is Still Alive” – Kenna
I’m biased on this one. Its one of my favorite songs because it is delimited. This song speaks of the dimensions in between communication and life. It challenges the sacred geometry of coming back from a death in love to find a resurrection.
“Only When I Walk Away” – Justin Timberlake
This song is an evolution in Justin’s melodic journey. He challenged himself to meld worlds and bring angst to a beat with the R&B overtones. I don’t think production of this can get any better. The show version kills.
Appetite suitably piqued? Check out Kenna’s new video for “Relations”, featuring Childish Gambino,here.
(via The Line Of Best Fit)
“‘How Will It End’ is the culmination of Imitation is Suicide. This is probably the most innovative song in the series, and in order to make that kind of music you have to work with someone like RJ. He and I make alien waveforms. It’s just wherever our imagination takes us.” – Kenna
Hip-hop recording artist and actor Childish Gambino adds nothing, but fire to Kenna’s “Relations,” the lead single on his recent EP: “Imitation Is Suicide: Chapter 1.” The official video for this epic collaboration was premiered today (November 12) on mtvU…
Grammy nominated artist Kenna drops his music video for “Love is Still Alive”, the second single from his EP series “Imitation Suicide”. The black and white video is sensual and simple with a modern touch of color. Kenna’s sultry voice brings sexy back to the Dim Mak roster and to the music industry itself. Justin Timberlake says “Kenna is what the World needs to hear, they just don’t know it yet”. Kenna’s creation is a genre blurring blend of R&B, funk and electronic that is refreshing and calming to the ears. The entire three part EP series was written, produced and created by Kenna who is already a busy man with his roles as a GAP model, Chief Vision Director of the new Myspace and philanthropist. Kenna was one of many celebrities who was featured on MTV as they climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro in efforts to bring awareness for the global water crisis. Stay tuned for EP part 3 out December 3rd, check out the behind the scenes video, and his sit down interview with Steve Aoki via his Aoki Files series below.
Making of “Love Is Still Alive”
Aoki Files w/ Kenna
This man, nor this project, should be slept on… Kenna ‘Land 2 Air Chronicles II: Imitation Is Suicide’
In this day and age, it’s harder and harder to find great minds with progressive, forward-thinking ideas, especially in certain areas within the music industry, where shock value has a higher price tag than raw talent. So when someone like Kenna comes along…
Grammy Award®-nominated artist Kenna drops Chapter 2 of his Imitation Is Suicide series today! The title track off Chapter 2, “Love Is Still Alive,” premiered exclusively on Complex last week. Yesterday, Wonderland gave fans a sneak peek of the entire EP…
Get your fire extinguishers out, y’all, because this episode of #AOKIFILES is on fire (which may explain the hole in Steve’s shorts)! Steve hangs out with the extraordinary singer, producer, visionary, “monk,” KENNA to get the dirt on what fans and tastemakers alike can expect from the collection of EPs Kenna is hitting us with this year. With what Steve describes as a “classic dance record”, Kenna is part of the evolution of Dim Mak Records with the release of his single “Relations (An Ode to You and Me)”. Watch the episode for more info on the 3 chapters of Kenna’s release, find out what artist helped Kenna make his “alien-esque” EP, and keep your ears wide open for the fantastic dance sounds emerging from this self-proclaimed nerd (whereas we prefer to think of him as a genius)!
DOWNLOAD: Chapter 1
PRE-ORDER: Chapter 2
Land 2 Air Chronicles II is the second part of Kenna’s three EP series based on the Emerson essay Self-Reliance. On this second installment, Imitation is Suicide, Kenna is stating the clear influences in his work to help define a musical compass while giving credit where credit is due…
ANNOUNCEMENT – Kenna’s ‘Land 2 Air Chronicles II: Imitation Is Suicide’ dropping on September 3, 2013
Land 2 Air Chronicles II is the second part of Kenna’s three EP series based on the Emerson essay Self-Reliance. On this second installment, Imitation is Suicide, Kenna is stating the clear influences in his work to help define a musical compass while giving credit where credit is due.
Kenna stated, “Music icons like David Byrne and Rick James inspired Imitation is Suicide. I think posing as an ‘original’ without acknowledging your influences is like killing yourself. The chapters and art of this EP speak to those influences all while hopefully dancing between sonics and genres.”
Imitation Is Suicide (chapter one of three) Produced by Chad Hugo and Kenna will be released on September 3, 2013. You can pre-order the EP on iTunes HERE.