Video: Yours Truly x A K U A- “All Of Lust”


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A K U A stepped away from her performance schedule during Pop Montreal 2013 to record an intimate, live video with acclaimed production outfit Yours Truly. Today, the world can peek into the session courtesy of a premiere with The Line Of Best Fit. As the sun beams past rustling leaves and into the space swirling with disco ball reflections, she breaks into an unreleased track, “All Of Lust.”

As she tells Yours Truly, “I went to Thailand a long time ago… that song is actually just kind of about the dynamic between foreign, male tourists and kind of like looking at Thailand through a lustful foreigner’s eyes and sort of going to a place with certain intentions and then being driven by lust.”

If you are heading to Austin for SXSW, be sure to check out her performance on Thursday, March 13th at Maggie Mae’s [8:00pm, presented by M for Montreal].

Video: A K U A – “One’s Company”


After releasing her debut EP last June, Montreal’s A K U A is back with a video to the title track, “One’s Company,” courtesy of Noisey. From the embalming room and chapel at Harlem’s Owens Funeral Home, she hops in a hearse cruising down Malcolm X Boulevard making her way to a cemetery in Queens.

After opening for Solange in Montreal around release, A K U A earned the spot as a back-up singer for her. She was soon on the road making her debut appearance with Solange at Pitchfork Music Festival and hitting cities across multiple continents.

If you are heading to Austin for SXSW, be sure to check out her performance on Thursday, March 13th at Maggie Mae’s Rooftop [8:00pm, presented by M for Montreal].

New Track: A K U A Covers “Nothing Compares 2 U” for Rookie


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Our favorite Canadian songstress, A K U A, teams up with Rookie for a cover of “Nothing Compares 2 U.” Taking an ambient and minimal approach, the track is available as a free download for 24 hours, so go grab it.

Since last month’s release of her debut EP, One’s Company, A K U A has been grabbing the attention of listeners worldwide. A couple weeks ago, she opened for Solange in Montreal. The vibe was right, and she is now joining Solange on the road as a backup singer. The first gig was Pitchfork Music Festival last weekend. Atta girl, A K U A.

(via Rookie)

New Release: A K U A- One’s Company


Montreal’s A K U A drops her 5 track debut EP today. One’s Company offers a solid introduction to a talent that flawlessly mixes alt-soul and electronic soundscapes. While she has played special release shows in Canada the last couple of days, she returns to the stage in Brooklyn on June 5th at The Flat. Stream the EP in full below, and if you haven’t checked out the video for “Gravity,” it is a must-see.

Purchase One’s Company iTunes / Amazon / Google Play

Video: Montreal’s A K U A Premieres “Gravity”


If you love the ethereal, downtempo sounds of Rhye or the soul meets electronic combo of Jessie Ware, then you must check out Montreal based artist A K U A (pronounced a-koo-ah). Today, she premieres the beautiful video for “Gravity” directed by Kofi Carson and set in the Florida Keys. That’s her as the mermaid. An impressive debut, and we look forward to hearing more when she drops her EP, One’s Company, on June 4th.

(premiere via Pigeons & Planes, Exclaim!)