While Holo is still buzzing off the June 2021 release of his sophomore album bb u ok?—with “Mean It“ marking his first single ever since—Manila Killa has had a relatively quiet year so far. Throughout the past 12 months he was enlisted to offer his remix expertise to the likes of Petit Biscuit, juuku and Kasbo, and “Mean It” marks his first original single since last year’s “Closer 2 U“ alongside Slow Magic.
Bringing a heavenly indie-pop sonic aesthetic to the table, “Mean It” masterfully combines the two producers’ respective styles into a cohesive mix. While Nick Lopez’s vocals set the tone and tell a story of coping with loss and intimacy, Manila Killa and San Holo are able to craft a stunning instrumental that traverses from catchy four-on-the-floor sections to an impactful, trap-infused outro.
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"'Mean It' is such a special song because it represents the intertwining of several people’s worlds," Manila Killa said in a statement. "San came over to my house one day to shoot some content for our upcoming show which was supposed to happen in March of 2020, but the world shut down soon after his visit. Kwon and singer-songwriter Nick Lopez were also present in the house and we all started talking, San started playing guitar and we began messing around on Ableton."
"By the end of the day we all knew we had something special with this song—and it took a life of its own as we continually worked on it over the course of the next year," he continued. "It’s a song about coping with loss and intimacy which captures the essence of all of our songwriting styles and I feel like it’s a connection that people will understand while listening to it."
Stream "Mean It" here.