THERE is a certain mystical aura that emanates from Edinburgh-based newcomer Kohla. Crafting dark and minimal electronic pop songs that are as vulnerable as they are enticingly gripping, it comes as no surprise that the artist otherwise known as Rachel Johnson cites her main influences as Banks, FKA Twigs and James Blake.
A vocal injury at the tail end of last year followed by a subsequent period of reflection and experimentation led Johnson to explore and expand her sonic template in ways she hadn’t considered before. Turning her hand from moody rock to a more minimalist and R&B-infused style of writing and production, it’s fair to say that the results have certainly been worth waiting for.
Following the release of last year’s ‘S/he’ single, we are now delighted to bring you the premiere of Kohla’s latest instalment ‘Pxrxdise’. Laced with icy atmospherics and industrial beats, ‘Pxrxdise’ oscillates between gentle, ambient verses and fiercer, more emboldened choruses. There’s a fragility and vulnerability that emanates from her ethereal vocals and breathy falsetto; her emotive display all the more effective when it is given cathartic release against the crisp yet spacious electronic backdrop
A deeply moving, subtly hypnotic slice of electronic pop, Kohla continues to carefully develop her sound in stunning and intriguing ways.
Check out the song below.