Two artists from the City of Angels gave us a lil taste of heaven this month. Mike B. and Ken Nana came together to form a creative collective, NANA Lifestyle. Together, the duo call themselves MIKNNA. Last week they dropped "NESS", the first single off their upcoming EP 50/50 (All Seasons) due out late summer sixteen.
These men are ripe on the new wave of sound coming out of LA, the duo even have an impressive list of eclectic collaborations under their belt, from Terrance Martin to OG Anderson .Paak (aka Breezy Love Joy). MIKNNA starts our summer off with retro synths, spaceship sounds, effortlessly precise R&B vocals and an extremely catchy hook.
Ken Nana takes us through space solely by passing through heaven first. By the time the pulsing synths wave through your brain then the 808's set in, you realize you're being taken on a galactic journey. The passage through heaven starts with Mike B.'s soothing sound on the vocals. These boys have clearly studied the science of sound; seamlessly blending an electronic beat with vocal loops inside the production while Mike B. perfectly harmonizes his voice to Ken Nana's beat of the rhythm. The lyrics address the fact that the way others feel is out of your control, even the way you feel is often out of your hands.
"I can't make you want to love me, love me the way I do. You can't make want to love you, love you the way I do."
"NESS" is a riveting 2:27 minutes long. However if you feel as blue balled as I do right now, make sure you keep an eye out for MIKNNA's first joint EP 50/50 (All Seasons).