Melbourne-based producer/songwriter, Luboku (real name Luis Kennett), graced our eardrums with the premiere of "50 Days" today. The single is off his debut solo album, The Surface, out November 23rd with the Australian label, etcetc- the home to artists like PNAU, Fever Ray and Digitalism.
"50 Days" jumps in with some lush, haunting vocals. The instrumental is composed of a tight drum groove and syncopated synth stabs. Kennett's chorus/drop creates a brooding tone with those low-octave vocal chops. His attention to detail is apparent with the evolving percussion.
Of the track, Luboku has said:
"The initial demo of 50 days came out pretty fast - at the time I was confident in what I wanted it to sound like and I thought it was sitting really well, but a few weeks later when I revisited the track I wanted to change it. I went through about 4 completely different versions but in the end, it was that first draft that I decided to go with because it felt more honest. It’s funny how the process of writing the song mirrors the meaning behind it - 50 days is about trying to work through a feeling you’ve been sitting with, and I think constantly changing the song was my way of processing that feeling."
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Kennet entered the scene with the release of the three-track EP At Dawn with New Zealand-based collaborator Hosaia in 2014. Kennet took charge of the production side, crafting a sweeping, delicate bed of music with Hosaia laying down vocals.
Led by the single "Set to Go", the At Dawn EP reached in excess of 50,000 streams in its first week. Indie Shuffle noted it as exhibiting “a strength and confidence well beyond most acts debuting their work together”. The release of the EP ignited Kennet to pursue his solo career.
Kennet's debut solo single "The Surface" was released in late 2017 - the first single from a new body of work, and also the title track from his impending EP, The Surface. His recent, uphoric single "Without You" then saw support from around the world - with the likes of XLR8R and Indie Shuffle giving it their tick of approval. The track also put him in the sights of Triple J Unearthed, who selected him as their Feature Artist around the release. Another third single followed; "None of You" showed a deeper, more sensitive side of Kennet.
Stream or download "50 Days" by Luboku across platforms here.