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Los Angeles, CA (June 26, 2020) – Today, rising electronic producer Jnel makes his return with a dreamy new single, “Ticking Clocks” ft Kyra Grove independently released.

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“Ticking Clocks” is the third single from Jnel, artist pseudonym of LA-Native Justin Nelson. In the track, Grove’s sultry vocals delicately thread Jnel’s chimerical production. The head-bobbing drop is characterized by brass instruments and melodic synthesized chords.

I teamed up with vocalist Kyra Grove to deliver feelings of nostalgia and hope. In the middle of a big transition phase in my life, I wanted to write a song that captured the feeling of wanting to be a care-free kid again. I think most people can relate to a period in their young life where you’re pretty oblivious to the world around you, everything just seems to “work”, and there’s at least one special person you’re experiencing that feeling with. 

I wrote this really tender, nostalgia-inducing chord progression on the piano that captured that feeling perfectly. But I didn’t want the story to end there; I wanted the track to make it seem like you can find your way back to that special feeling again. That’s what inspired the powerful melodic brass section to come in at the drop. I think it brings an entirely different type of energy to the song, but does a good job of complementing the tender chord progression.

I sent the instrumental off to Kyra, and when she passed back the vocal demo I was blown away. We ended up iterating on lyrics for 8 months until we had everything just as we wanted it; in the end, we felt like we had really told a story. I think the fact that over half of the lyrics in the song are questions is very unique and special; it’s like Kyra is asking herself and the listener questions, is desperately wanting an answer, but the only response she gets is the music

– describes Nelson on the new tune.

As Jnel continues to refine his sonic signature, he places heavy emphasis on producing tracks that capture the raw emotions of himself and the world around him. With only 3 tracks out to date, his second record “Young Blood” was signed to independent dance label Bliss Corporation, and his remix of Linney’s “Cool” landed him the top spot on the track’s remix EP. With multiple songs ready for release, Jnel is on a path to push the electronic genre to an innovative but familiar place.

Be on the lookout for more from Jnel in 2020.