HONNE have released a special collaborative version of ‘FHKD’ with KILL J, the original of which closes their critically-acclaimed debut album ‘Warm On A Cold Night’ (out now via Atlantic Records). Following a breakout festival run and sold-out shows across Europe and the US, an extensive worldwide tour is on sale now (including London’s Roundhouse on October 28th). Details of HONNE’s next official single will follow soon.
Describing the collaboration with KILL J, HONNE write: ‘FHKD is one of our favourite tracks on the album and we always thought it would be good to get a feature on it. KILL J’s voice is so unique and interesting and we felt it was the perfect match for what is one of our more electronic/dance orientated tracks. She’s added a really fresh flavour to this track.’
HONNE’s universal, positive portraits of twenty-first century romance have quickly won them a broad global audience: both parallel to – and a stark reaction against – the sometimes-brutal modern dating climate (“we were terrible at being single,” the band say now). Released this summer, ‘Warm On A Cold Night’ is a record where expressing feelings may not come naturally, but nonetheless strives for real love in the digital age.
HONNE are singer Andy and multi-instrumentalist James, who first bonded over their shared upbringing in South-West England; then, the more evocative, US West Coast grooves of their record collections, and a mutual fascination with Japan. During a midnight re-watching of ‘Lost in Translation’, it became apparent that this sense of a partner at a loose end – of wandering through a strange environment, and struggling to convey what you mean – was just as relevant to their lives off-screen. When James found the word ‘Honne’ later on (a Japanese phrase meaning ‘true feelings’), the boys knew it was theirs. The first song HONNE ever finished, ‘Warm On A Cold Night’, now titles their stunning debut album. And between the millions of stream and sell-out shows since then, the soulful duo have carved out an instantly-identifiable sound all of their own.
Whomadewho drummer Tomas Barfod returns to Friends of Friends for the release of his new ‘Glory’ EP out November 13th. The first single off the EP is the beautifully haunting “Glass Slipper” which features Sekuoia and Kill J. Pre-order here.
Mysterious Danish singer, songwriter and producer KIll J aka Julie Aagaard unveiled the official video for her new single ‘Cold Stone’ – a song about teenage life, where the harsh and relentless need to fit in never ends. Directed by Ian Isak.
Mysterious Danish singer, songwriter and producer KIll J releases her new single ‘Cold Stone’ – a song about teenage life, where the harsh and relentless need to fit in never ends.
KIll J aka Julie Aagaard has set the bar high with her eclectic take on Scandinavian pop. With tracks like ‘You Have Another Lover’ (here) ‘Phoenix’ (here) or ‘Bullet’ (here) racking up 500,000 plays on Soundcloud last year she is quickly becoming an artist to look out for. With ‘Cold Stone’ she shows complete control over her experimental pop universe making it her most immediate track to date.
“Cold Stone is my bubblegum track” Julie laughs “but pop isn’t a crime”. Julie’s vocal is one of KIll J’s most amazing trademarks with an awe-inspiring tonal reach. Add flawless production and you have a new singer in the lineage of empowered Scandinavian female artists.
The lyrics to ‘Cold Stone’ are purposefully naive– a portrait of her former more-innocent teenage self. ‘Cold Stone’ is about being in an unhappy place:
“It is an innocent universe, where everyone is supposed to be happy, but still it is the formative years and that is the most brutal part of our lives. It is a cold, mean fight to fit in under the surface – and none of us longs to go back to that teenage anxiety” Julie explains.
‘Cold Stone’ might be KIll J’s first pop tune but its far from ordinary. “Cold Stone is a tribute to the imperfect and maladjusted person – to he or she that dares to stand out/outside“, she says. Kill J is experimenting, challenging and completely in control.