Monday, March 28, 2016

Kabiria - Hold Me Down

Introducing Los Angeles-based synth-pop/electro-funk duo Kabiria, who can best be described as the music playing in a young Kate Bush's headphones as she roller skates along the sunset-drenched Santa Monica pier in her daisy dukes and a Dr. Dre crop top.

Formed in 2012, Kabiria combines Columbus, Ohio native Gretchen King (formerly of Phantods) and Vancouver, Canada's Chris Dang's (formerly of AutoViolet) diverse musical backgrounds into a sound that challenges both them and their listeners to look beyond a single genre. G-funk, synth pop, 90s electronica, trip hop, and chillwave each find their way into Kabiria's sound, resulting in a veritable musical gallery of aural collages all with the band's signature introspective lyrics and masterfully layered accompaniment featuring in each song.

Now following on from previously released tracks such as "Take Your Time" and "Push Him Away" as well as a cover of Janet Jackson's "Diamonds", Kabiria returns today with their new single called "Hold Me Down", which sees the duo break from their previous G-Funk and Trip Hop inspired tracks and instead offer a more energetic and upbeat pop tempo.

"Hold Me Down" effortlessly fuses the sampling and turntablism of old school hip hop with current synthpop / chillwave textures and sounds. Reminiscent stylistically of Grime's unconventional approach to the pop music genre, one of the greatest strengths of Kabiria’s “Hold Me Down” is its ability to pick up where Madonna's eponymous debut album left off in terms of content. While this single leaves its listeners humming the melody by the second chorus and singing by the third, the hypnotic sound and dance-friendly rhythm belie the track's more serious message of love turned into entrapment.

Speaking on the track, Kabiria vocalist Gretchen King says:

"The lyrics describe the feelings you have when you are deciding whether to stay or leave a negative situation, and also reflect upon on your own part in the situation."

Listen to "Hold Me Down" along with the three aforementioned tracks below.

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