Shares new single, “Cool Me Down” (feat. DijahSB)
Debut Album What We Lost – June 25, 2021
via Hot Tramp Records
Montréal-based producer and artist, Janette King, is today sharing her new single, “Cool Me Down” which features the FADER and Consequence of Sound-tipped artist, DijahSB, listen below. The new track arrives off the back of last month’s single, “Airplane”, which found support at Complex and KCRW, acting as the second installment of King’s forthcoming debut album, What We Lost which is set for release on June 25, 2021, via Hot Tramp Records.
Firstly, this empowering sample initiates the exploration before the subtle electronic elements lead the way for the delicate vocal harmonies from Janette King. King delivers these crucially raw lyrical passages and showcases the expressive range within their tone. As this fearless attitude cultivates throughout, the impressive lyrical contribution and aggressive deliverance from DijahSB, the collaboration emits so much intensity into the arrangement. Powerful and melodic, the best hooks.
The complexities of loss are a tough, often impossible thing to try and comprehend. Through the prism of house, alternative R&B, and pop, the Vancouver-born, now Montréal-based producer and artist attempts to decipher some of these difficulties with What We Lost. King’s songs seek to tap into the frightening intersection where searing pain and sadness can produce soaring new heights for art whilst simultaneously unpacking changes in her life such as the ending of romance, the loss of close family members, and skirmishes with mental health resulting in, at times, a loss of self.
What We Lost is an album – as alluded to by the title – that deals with change and loss but more importantly understanding and accepting it, knowing when to double down and knowing when to fold your cards. It draws on an array of wider themes and ideas that help to underpin these notions, digging into King’s understanding of energies and alchemy. This new single, “Cool Me Down” tells the story of putting one’s own needs first, a message of positivity and self-assuredness underpinned by syrupy electronics and a scintillating verse provided by Toronto-based collaborator, DijahSB.
Speaking about the new single, King says: “‘Cool Me Down’ is about staying focused on your goals and not letting anyone or anything come in the way of that. Covid has shown me that whatever I am envisioning for myself whether that be in my career, what type of life I want to live, or otherwise, only my belief in myself can crystallize those things. If I don’t put into action those dreams in my head – they will never become reality and only I can do that for myself. If I am afraid of succeeding or if I allow the variable factors of life get in my way then I will surely fail.”
Recorded against the backdrop of the 2020 Black Lives Matter protests, the message of What We Lost only grew more intense for Janette; an album that gravitated around change and raw emotion found its message fortified by what was taking place around her. As a full collection, the album presents a wise-beyond-its-year maturity, arriving as something a little more experienced than the title “debut album” would normally suggest. It’s a statement from Janette King that, in a similar way to contemporaries such as Victoria Monét and Snoh Aalegra, fuses deeply personal assessments of life with glass-half-full soundscapes, establishing King as one of Canada’s surest new voices. This full body of work arrives following a run of tipped singles and EPs which have found acclaim in Canada earning support from CBC Radio, Exclaim, and Xtra Magazine, as well as opening sets for Sudan Archives, CupcakKe,and Jamila Woods.
What We Lost will be released June 25, 2021, via Hot Tramp Records – preorder here.
What We Lost
June 25, 2021
via Hot Tramp Records
2. You Don’t Love Me
5. Cool Me Down
6. What We Lost
7. Right Here
10. Caught in Smoke
11. Ohh Yeah
12. Found a Way