The Italian Platinum-selling lo-fi pop producer KINA has shared his latest track titled: “I’m Not Going Back” that features the Nashville-based singer MOKITA (pictured below).
Speaking about the collab, Kina says: “I discovered Mokita thanks to Spotify – I remember when ‘Colorblind’ started playing on shuffle; I was shocked and kept the song playing on loop for a long time. I knew I needed to make a song with him…and now here’s ‘I’m Not Going Back.’
We worked remotely because of the COVID situation (and because I’m in Lisbon and he’s from the U.S.). The song was born in an incredibly difficult, but inspirational period that I was living in. I’m so happy with the final result simply because it completely represents my mood during that period of time.”
Mokita adds: “‘I’m Not Going Back’ was one of those songs that I wrote really quickly, it happened in like 15 minutes. I wrote it about battling addictions and just how much easier it is to feed your addictions than it is to work at a relationship. I’ve been sober for almost 2 years now, and I remember the morning that I finally woke up and knew I was done… I kept repeating the title in my head, ‘I’m not going back.’
I think that can apply to so many things that are unhealthy for us. We kinda have to preach to ourselves against our demons and addictions, and remind ourselves why we stepped away. I have been a fan of Kina’s for a while so when he reached out about this song it was a no-brainer. Super excited for everyone to hear it and grateful he wanted to work together on this one.”
So, what we have is an idyllically velvety dreamscape that’s splotched with dappled grace, doodled synths and interwoven beats…
And the voice is soft as cashmerette and bittersweet as a summer cloudburst.
You’ll be slushy before the end. Guaranteed!
Words: @neilmach 2021 ©