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Leven Kali on New EP ‘Let It Rain’: Interview

Tright here’s a refined artwork in letting go and embracing change. In some instances, the method could be thrilling, and in different circumstances, it may be unnerving.

“I believe for therefore many individuals, there are issues we maintain onto and notice as quickly as you let that go, you simply opened up room for brand new blessings and new power,” Leven Kali tells Rated R&B one early afternoon in October.

It’s a couple of week away from the discharge of his new EP, LET IT RAIN, which is out now. It’s the follow-up to the Santa Monica, California, native’s 2020 album, HIGHTIDE.

Leven Kali
Leven Kali. (Photograph Credit score: Vonny Lorde)

Just a few issues have modified in Kali’s skilled life since then. He parted methods along with his label Interscope Information, the place he launched his first two albums, Low Tide and HIGHTIDE.

Final June, Kali, who’s now impartial, produced and co-wrote “Tragic” by Jazmine Sullivan. The music seems on her Heaux Tales, Mo’ Tales: The Deluxe, an prolonged version of her Grammy-winning album, Heaux Tales.

Most not too long ago, Kali had the chance to collaborate with international phenomenon Beyoncé on her chart-topping album, RENAISSANCE.

He co-wrote and co-produced 4 tracks on the critically-acclaimed album, together with “Alien Famous person,” “Plastic Off The Couch,” “Virgo’s Groove” and “Summer time Renaissance.” (Talking of “Virgo’s Groove,” Kali labored with the identical collaborators, Sol Was and Daniel Memmi, who’re his mates from highschool, on some songs on LET IT RAIN. Extra on that later.)

“Seeing the impact these songs have on folks is insane. I’ve been at totally different events the place it’s folks listening to that album from starting to the top,” Kali factors out in regards to the response to RENAISSANCE.

“It simply has this infectious, uplifting and coming collectively impact on those that I really feel is a component of R&B and Black music that was once round on a regular basis and has been lacking. That actually impressed me to have a few of my very own information form of give that very same power.”

LET IT RAIN is ladened with funky grooves certain to mild up dancefloors. “It conjures up motion. You may transfer to it nevertheless you wanna transfer,” he notes. Every music affords a nuanced vignette of being liberated from a specific feeling or scenario to make room for one thing new.

Leven Kali Let It Rain EP
Leven Kali “Let It Rain” EP cowl.

LET IT RAIN acts as an intermission for what Kali has in retailer. “It’s so many instructions and pursuits I’ve musically that I need to discover after this. I believe this undertaking is an ideal stepping stone for me to proceed to discover and be extra of who I’m,” he explains.

Within the meantime, Kali launches his Let It Rain Tour tonight (Oct. 28) in Los Angeles, California. He’ll play throughout North American cities, together with Seattle, Portland, Toronto, Atlanta and Washington, D.C.

Kali guarantees followers are in for a deal with, particularly because it’s his first headlining tour. “I used to be presupposed to go on a tour proper after HIGHTIDE dropped in Could 2020. Clearly, that tour didn’t occur. I did a gap tour in 2022, however this would be the first time I play these Low Tide, HIGHTIDE and LET IT RAIN information for everyone,” he notes. “I’m excited. Count on this tour to be unimaginable. It’s not gonna be a daily tour. It’s gonna be a celebration.”

In Rated R&B’s interview with Leven Kali, the singer, songwriter and producer breaks down each music on his new EP, LET IT RAIN.

“LET IT RAIN

Written by Leven Kali, Sol Was, Daniel Memmi & Robin Hannibal; Produced by Leven Kali, Sol Was, Daniel Memmi & Robin Hannibal

The inspiration [for the EP] began with the music “Let It Rain.” Musically, I used to be impressed to make one thing that felt just like the R&B and soul music that I really like, however that had some groove behind it. I used to be form of feeling like R&B music was lacking a dancing component, in that we had type of an R&B scene, a hip-hop scene, after which a dance scene that was nearly absolutely separated. The music “Let it Rain” was me exploring a world the place R&B music may very well be dance and groovy. Then the undertaking became this entire expression of that in an even bigger sense.

“MELTING/HAD 2”

Written by Leven Kali, Sol Was & Dixson; Produced by Leven Kali & Sol Was

“Melting” is one other funky, groovy dance sort of observe. The entire concept behind it’s one thing that I’ve been fascinated with, the place you develop up and work out who you might be, then it will get to a degree the place possibly you’ve been influenced a bit an excessive amount of. And to actually change into your self, you need to do away with some issues — the unlearning. I’ve been calling it the “melting.” That’s form of a part the place I really feel like I’ve been in my life, the place I’m making an attempt to soften away all of the issues that aren’t me. That observe was impressed by that feeling after which how that simply applies to the groove and simply feeling good.

Dixson helped me write a few of these elements. We work on a regular basis. Once we get within the room, we are able to discuss for 5 hours and make music for one [hour]. We had an extended dialog. We talked about stuff occurring with household, stuff occurring with profession, after which this concept of melting and rising by letting issues go. We simply form of bounced concepts forwards and backwards. He’s one in all my favourite collaborators on this planet. I really like Dixson.

Leven Kali
Leven Kali. (Photograph Credit score: Vonny Lorde)

“EVERYTHING I WANT”

Written by Leven Kali, Jonah Christian, Dustin “Dab” Bowie & Sol Was; Produced by Leven Kali & Jonah Christian

It’s a love music that has a bounce to it that seems like some 2000s-influenced R&B bounce. It expresses this journey of affection and self-discovery. It suits rather well after “Melting/Had 2” as a result of there’s sure issues it is advisable to do to permit house to have love and get the belongings you need. “Every thing I Need” is that a part of the story.

“TEARS OF JOY”

Written by Leven Kali & Sol Was; Produced by Leven Kali & Sol Was 

“Tears of Pleasure” is tremendous dope. I really like that music. It form of provides a bit little bit of Rock&B. It’s a phenomenal document that has extra of a conventional music format that I really feel like is lacking. You don’t hear numerous bridges as of late. You don’t hear numerous modulations as of late. You don’t have lots of people recording harmonies dwell within the studio. I had the homie Devin Morrison and the homie Jael over on the studio. We had been singing sh*t, like three folks on the mic on the identical time — some old-school sh*t, which was so dope. It was very enjoyable. We went out to dinner, got here again and some sake bombs later, we had been like, “F**ok it, let’s do that shit the old fashioned.”

“EEK”

Written by Leven Kali, Robin Hannibal, Dustin “Dab” Bowie & Sol Was; Produced by Leven Kali & Robin Hannibal 

“EEK” is a observe that I made with Robin Hannibal. It’s about these moments whenever you may be out — you left the membership or no matter — and also you get in an Uber, and the Uber driver asks, “How’s your day going?” And also you really give them a solution, as an alternative of simply being like, “I’m good.” It’s like the right stranger to somebody who’s completely disconnected from the scenario. That was the sensation on this music. You’re speaking to anyone, in any circumstance, and also you select to open up. It’s a venting music on this EP. It’s an emotional journey. It’s self-discovery. In a cool means, it ends the undertaking and brings you again to the start, in the event you had been to hearken to it on loop. The story is form of round in that sense.

Stream Leven Kali’s new EP LET IT RAIN beneath.

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