Ghanaian-Australian singer, songwriter and producer sibling duo Kinder have released their house-inspired new single “Keep Up”, taken from their forthcoming EP, Akwaaba, out November 11 via Warner Music Australia. The track finds the duo – Savannah and Briony Osei – returning to their roots for a euphoric club earworm that exclaims, “Don’t come on by if you’re not here with a good vibe”. The song comes ahead of a string of Australian festival dates that includes Summer Camp Festival, MELT Festival, VANFEST, and Ice Cream Factory. Listen to it now below.
“When we made “Keep Up”, it was the first time we had worked, in real life, face to face with people since the lockdown,” Kinder explained of the song “We made the record at Jono Ma’s studio in Byron Bay along with Jonti Danilewitz. They jammed out on their analogue synths whilst we came up with melodies. There were two ideas, we thought it was two different songs, so we came up with two very different melodies, but then they somehow we magically pieced both sections together. These very contrasting verses and chorus ideas somehow blended together and it just worked. The process was very improvisational.”
Akwaaba follows the recent release of the four-track EP, Yenko which was defined by generosity of spirit, one that’s imbued with some kind of sisterly magic. An opportunity for Kinder to celebrate and share the depth of their Ghanaian heritage with the world, “Yenko” was the result of two lives’ worth of soul-searching and self-possession, a testament to Savannah and Briony’s distinct vision. Featuring the singles “Come Along” (feat. A.GIRL), “Rasta” (feat. Gold Fang), “Bus Stop” and title track “Yenko”, they captured an addictive late-night energy that was brought to festival and club stages. “Akwaaba” hears them stepping into an evolution that steers to the future while paying a nod to their roots.