It's no question that it's to a budding artist should use his or her connections to make their music the best it can be. Take for instance Rozes, who after her collaboration with The Chainsmokers has gone on to have big hits of her own. Giving an up and coming a platform to shine is well, an opportunity not to pass up.
The artist we're reviewing today, Janelle Kroll, doesn't need much to build her resume further. She's a vocalist who can be recognized on many a deep house track, led Big Data as their voice on tour, and worked most notably on Autograf's sultry, passionate house track and definitive song of 2016, "Metaphysical." She's had some releases on her own, including singles "Sunny Days," a cover of Joni Mitchell's "Down To You (my Confidante)" and "Second Nature," where she's explored her vocal range and preferred style to work in. That style is an alluring, witty, freeing foray into soulful pop, R&B and electronica. Today, we have a first listen to the next original entitled "24 hrs," a single that will be included on her Outsider EP that's due out on September 30th via Lokal Legend. And on that track, she's teamed up with famed electronic producer Penguin Prison and Andy Seltzer, the man behind Coyote Kisses's latest hit "Waiting for You," to elevate the song's stylistic value in production.
"24 hrs" pairs Kroll's inviting vocals with a just as appealing backdrop provided by Penguin Prison. With instrumentals that ebb and flow in an organic way, "24 hrs" is as a whole passionate and representative of a unique interaction that she had with time passing along:
"'24 hrs' takes place on a night that pushes on until sunrise in a city with no horizon. It's an ode to predictable parties in unfamiliar places with strangers, and an expression of detachment felt within the anonymity of the night and of the city. You might interact with someone who appears to be an entirely different person the next day, who not only won't relate to you but can't remember you. But more importantly, it's an intervention for those whose environment has seemingly shaped them irreversibly and a plea for authenticity. That's not to say the city, in my case New York City, isn't a place for belonging or that the anonymity isn't beautiful. After all, the push and pull of belonging and longing is the magnet that keeps me here. At times I prefer to quietly observe on the outside, swaying to the beat, taking swigs of water while drinks spill on my white sneakers as I try to make myself invisible. If I jumped in, the night would swallow me whole."
"24 hrs" is the first of many impressive performances that we will see from Kroll as the weeks pass by leading to her EP release.