There’s a good chance that club-goers from the U.K. and beyond – especially those whose heyday was in the late 90s and early 2000s – are familiar with Rosie Gaines’ oft-remixed house banger “Closer Than Close.” While many DJs have reworked the song, few have interpreted it quite like singer KYRA. The West London artist worked with producer The Garden in an impromptu studio session to slow the track down and give it a sultry feel. The single, which premieres today on EARMILK, is the first introduction to KYRA’s forthcoming EP entitled Xanadu, due out later this year, and is accompanied by an appropriately sensual video.
KYRA and The Garden make an effective team on “Closer Than Close,” with a restrained production highlighted by pitched down vocals and some choice synth rips for effect, all providing an ample foundation for KYRA’s impassioned singing. The two cultivate a natural swell in energy towards the song’s climax before eventually dissipating before it ends. The music fulfills certain expectations of a typical R&B slow jam surrounding romance, and the video follows suit, right up until an unexpected twist just before cutting to black. Along with The Garden’s tasteful production, KYRA shows off immense vocal skills on “Closer Than Close,” as she takes a well-known song and truly makes it her own.