PREMIERE: Kianja – ‘There’s Nothing More’

Sincere lyrics, heartfelt vocals and an understated power permeate British multi-instrumentalist Kianja‘s new single ‘There’s Nothing More’. Released via Best Laid Plans, the 20 year-old artist has demonstrated her ability to create beautiful soul-pop sounds on this latest release.

“It’s about longing for love that you can’t fix,” Kianja explains, “It’s gone, but you constantly wish you could repair it”. She wrote the song originally when she was 14, but has since reworked it and collaborated with Dan Smith (Bastille) and producers Mark Crew and Dan Priddy (Rag’n’Bone Man, James Arthur) in order to fully develop the track.

Born and raised in north-east London, Kianja moved to Durban in South Africa as a teenager. There, she experienced a totally different way of life, before moving back to London again in recent years. “Moving to South Africa gave me a shift in perspective. education is a focal point there and I went to two solid schools. I got a music scholarship for a private school. I’ve experienced two very different worlds, which I feel feeds into my creativity”

We’re certainly fans of Kianja’s creativity here at GIHE. The songwriter is set to release her debut EP Glory later in 2019, and we’re looking forward to hearing more of her smooth, soulful songs. Listen to ‘There’s Nothing More’ below and follow Kianja on Facebook for more updates.

Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut

LISTEN: Iris Gold – ‘All I Really Know’

We love the defiant up-tempo sound of Danish soul-pop artist Iris Gold‘s latest single ‘All I Really Know’. Recently featured on Afropunk, Complex Magazine, Wonderland and Elle Magazine; it’s clear that Iris’ talent is as strong and precious as the metal she shares her surname with.

By blending retro hp-hop, soul, and power pop with a “generous sprinkle of flower power”, Irish Gold has managed to create a funky, uplifting anthem about self belief. Speaking about the new track, Iris explains: When you’ve been dealing with adversity throughout your life, it will either kill you, or make you blossom into a positive person – and I decided very early on in life that I would always be positive, energetic, and a go-getter. ‘All I Really Know’ is my Rocky Balboa/Apollo Creed track. It’s a song about picking yourself up, dusting yourself off and trying again, after failing, no matter how many attempts it takes.”

Originally from London and raised in Copenhagen, Iris has lived a nomadic life surrounded by free thinkers growing up in hippy communes and squates, 60’s 70’s counterculture, elements that has made her the unique, charismatic artist she is today. Listen to ‘All I Really Know’ below, and follow Iris Gold on Facebook for more updates.

Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut