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!)

Next Step February Winner: Krystale

 

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It’s a good thing when our decision making for selecting a Next Step winner becomes more difficult. February was a great month for entries – so much so that we’re going to have an honorable mentions post next week! Canadian-Dominican singer/songwriter/producer Krystale inched out ahead of the rest and struck us with her amazingness, though. Congratulations, madame!

Krystale’s parlor style future jazz and soul vocals coax you into your own personal illusions of swanky fancy times (even in your socks and sweats) on her 2011 Reboot EP. Think a jazzier Norah Jones with a little sprinkling of Fiona Apple. Just watch the live performance for “Caught Up” above and let yourself unravel to its spell.

And the lady isn’t without versatility. Below, you can also find a more recent single of hers called “Sweet Tooth,” a slinky playful track that hinges more on the R&B side with a hard hitting track compliments of Montreal beatmaker Kaytradamus. Vocals reminding us a bit of Anne Wise from Sonnymoon here – you know that’s a win already.

Look out for Krystale’s debut full length album to drop this year – we’re gripping our seats.

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