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Live Review: Kito launches back into the spotlight on 'Ego'

5 July 2018 | 9:55 am | Holly O'Neill

Six years after her latest release, Australian producer KITO is back with a reinvention on 'Ego' her own take on a self possessed pop banger.

Australian born UK based producer KITO has always been a muso with her feet firmly planted in both the dance and pop scenes. Coming up though collaboration with her schoolyard pal REIJA LEE and sending her early demos to DIPLO, she knows how to craft beats that'll make you want to sing along and cut shapes. From there she's had releases on Mad Decent and Ed Banger as well as recently working with next gen pop stars JORJA SMITH, NORMANI and MABEL. Now, after six years out of the spotlight, Kito is back with some dance pop of her own on a new single 'Ego', a self possessed clap back tune and taste of her incoming EP.

From the jump, the track is all about Kito, kicking everything off with her own crooning built onto layers of her own robotic harmonies. Across the track, her voice is the shining star, with dense hits of percussion and sweet synths acting to further emphasise her performance. The altering of her voice across the track creates even more emotion in her delivery, with her voice doubling into intimidating lower registers or squealing above her own at the commanding close.

Following her work in the pop industry, Kito knows how to craft a whole world and tell a succinct story in a track. The production, delivery and the lyrics in 'Ego' all lend to each other's message; Kito is intimidating and knows her worth. Her effortless vocals, emphasised with tinny robo-harmonies, against the huge soundscape practically scoff at Mr Ego, all over syncopated drums that'll make your hips wine with your bitch face on.

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'Ego' is a more than a return to form for Kito, it's a reinvention and we can't wait to see more of this new side to the artist on her upcoming EP HAANI due for release in late August. The six track release features collaborations with SHY GIRL, BROODS, TARA CAROSIELLI and HUDSON MOHAWKE and is set to be an exploration of Kito's new wave of darker production driven pop. Find the single on your downloading/streaming music service of choice here.

PHOTO BY Lissy Elle