Kelland and Toronto-based star Willa take us into dark adventure with their brand new single ‘RIP To Us’ via Physical Presents
The enticing track directly follows up he and Jay Isaiah’s hit ‘Lullaby’ from the tail end of last November, in addition to DJ Shaan and Willa’s critically acclaimed ‘Beacon’ from mid-September of last year.
Kelland shares, “Willa & I met for one of the last sessions I had when visiting Toronto on a writing trip. By then I had made most of the project and the theme was about relationships. The project didn’t have a clear breakup type track and we wanted to write something that flipped the narrative that there is always a lose-lose situation after a breakup. Instead, you can be empowered and experience positive personal growth. The lyrics are playful and cheeky while referring to something that is always associated with sadness. We had an absolute blast writing this song from start to finish in a single session and are so excited to share what it grew into.“
The track quickly takes front-and-center, providing an additional atmospheric touch that pairs perfectly with the heady production elements courtesy of Kelland. Warbly effects, glitchy sounds, and a four-on-the-floor rhythm characterize the majority of the lively release, in turn effortlessly instilling it with a unique, dancefloor-ready ambiance unlike anything heard before it. The emotional lyricism clearly boasts a subtle hint of playfulness, serving as a prime accompaniment to the tune’s catchy beat and melody.
Willa says about the new single, “I genuinely believe Kelland has it. Working with him on ‘RIP TO US’ was an absolute pleasure. In the session, he worked quickly and was extremely skilled technically and musically. After the session, he truly impressed me with his creativity and hard work. He flipped the song a number of times to make sure the production and progression were absolutely right. He also is clearly committed to the after-work (socials) to honor the song and give it its best chance. Kelland is going to do big things, I have no doubt.”
Kelland’s impressive discography of both production credits and original works spans multiple genres and collaborators including Boslen, Turbo, Aria Ohlssen, Tails, and Snavs. Kelland has received support from tastemaker labels such as Capitol Music Group, bitbird, Lowly, 10K Projects and more. Kelland’s recent 2021 artist releases ‘tic tac toe’ with Tails and “Lose Your Way” with Snavs both peaked in the top 100 electronic and dance charts. Now working alongside Physical Presents to release his highly anticipated debut EP, set to release mid-2022, Kelland has an arsenal of releases under his belt that fans can look forward to.
After reaching upwards of 10 million streams with her two independently released EP’s (one of which is co-written with Mother Mother’s Ryan Guldemond), Willa has also had her co-writes garner over 50 million streams with artists such as Simon Fuller’s Now United, Neil Frances, Alex Sampson, Grae, Brazilian DJ’s Diskover, KVSH, and LOthief, and European dance legends DJ Antoine and John Dahlback. All eyes are on upcoming releases with with The Knocks, Grae, Kelland, and more.