In 2017, FKJ burst into the public eye with the Masego-assisted “Tadow,” a jazzy neo-soul track that showcased both artists’ diverse skill sets. French Kiwi Juice, FKJ’s studio album released the same year, proved for many fans that he was more than a flash in the pan. Now, he’s back with his first extended release in two years.
“Ylang Ylang EP” is full of the lush, tranquil production we’ve come to expect from FKJ. The lone credited feature is given to rising Dreamville star Bas, who features on the EP’s lead single “Risk.” The title track arrives alongside an official video, which features FKJ amidst the jungle he recorded in and named the EP after.
“Last year I spent about six months in a very remote tropical place where I setup a studio,” FKJ writes in a recent press release. “There is almost no one there. No electricity. I was making music out of a generator that was running only by night. The most beautiful landscapes, mountains, beaches. It’s one of my favourite places in the world. When I made music there it felt kind of like a dream state.”
French multi-instrumentalist and producer FKJ shared his collaboration with LA-based R&B vocalist and producer Col3trane appropriately titled “Perfect Timing” in the midst of his almost completely sold out North American tour. The project was sparked and the groundwork was laid after the two artists met in a studio in London after a year of trying this past October.
“It feels right getting to know each other rather than trying to make magic happen in such a small time,” FKJ shared in a press release, “At the end of our session, Col3 took some of my beats home with him. The next week ‘Perfecting Timing’ was one of the demos he sent back to me and my personal favorite.” FKJ continued, “I already had a melody in my head for it but what he came up with outdid what I had originally imaged… I haven’t produced for many voices yet, but I quickly realized that this is something that I love to do.”
“Perfect Timing” is a well-spaced and fluid dancehall beat that eloquently displays both artists’ unique abilities. Col3trane’s smooth vocals come in throughout the track with finesse, landing at all the right moments. The 19-year-old found his sound in FKJ’s work and leads it through a sonic dance. FKJ displays not only his ability to explore new ground with dancehall and working with vocals in his production, but also throws down an astounding, resonating, and above all, raw saxophone solo.
FKJ’s ability to create music live with seamless concentration and originality has caused a rapid rise in recognition since his debut. His “Live at La Fée Electricité, Paris” and more recently “FKJ live @ Salar de Uyuni for Cercle” videos shed perfect light on his ability to create soundscapes that are deeply human and completely out of this world while remaining perfectly in the moment.
FKJ’s North American tour has sold out shows in Los Angeles, Chicago, Seattle, Vancouver, Austin, Denver, Atlanta, two in New York and more. Col3trane recently announced that his upcoming EP Heroinewill be released this spring.
Shambhala Music Festival is recognized as the longest-running music festival in Canada. It is known for its eccentric art installations, educational workshops, and unique blissful experiences that soothe the soul. The wait for the 2019 lineup is over, and Shambhala has delivered a promising set of talent for their 22nd anniversary, returning to the Salmo River Ranch in British Columbia, Canada on Aug. 9-12.
The East Village fan favorite will usher in its 2019 year of production on May 1, with a performance from Patti Smith and Her Band. The cross-genre acts that span Webster’s May event calendar prove that the event hall will continue its tradition of catering to attendees’ diverse musical preferences. Webster Hall will see acts from distinctive sonic spheres take the stage, or respectively, the decks. TroyBoi, MGMT, The Japanese House, Royal Trux, Broken Social Scene, FKJ, Sharon Van Etten, Aaron Tveit, Johnnyswim, Old Dominion, and Chromeo, who will joined by a live band, account for Webster’s multifarious May billings.
Webster will additionally see appearances from Empire Of The Sun, Real Estate, and City of the Sun later in the summer. The historic venue will also welcome the return of Emo Nite, along with its Saturday club nights, returning in September. Visit Webster Hall’s official website for a full list of events and additional information.