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We may be just weeks away from fall, but Australian producer Kito’s newest single “Strawberries” is making it feel like summer will never end. The track follows the recently released single “Ego,” which marked her first solo release since 2012. That is not to say that Kito has spent the past few years idle. Spending time in London and exploring the city’s unique sounds, she established herself as a sought-after producer in London, working with the likes of Mabel and Jorja Smith. Following a breakup in 2017, Kito returned to her Australian seaside hometown to work on new music, which, if her two singles thus far are any indication, was undoubtedly the right decision.
“Strawberries” sees the Australian producer joining forces with Trinidad James, Elley Duhé, and Kodie Shane to deliver a veritable tour de force. Underneath transfixing, wobbling production, each and every vocalist finds their own place to shine. James’ relaxed repetition finds a perfect home in “Strawberries” craftier moments, as Kito leverages her production acumen to create a meticulously put-together soundscape from subtle, varied flourishes. Then there’s Duhé who is quickly becoming one of electronic music’s most in-demand vocalists, and for good reason. Every uttered word, despite its playful subject matter, carries a notable amount of strength–a testament to Duhé’s vocal prowess.
The climax of “Strawberries” comes with the introduction of Atlanta rapper Kodie Shane. The production swells to its brightest, matching the effervescent energy that Shane brings forth with every verse. It’s a picture-perfect way to end a song that is as delectable as its namesake.
Listen to “Strawberries” below and keep an eye out for Kito’s forthcoming EP HAANI due out September 7: