The Third Single From Forthcoming Album Kuni
Italian-Tunisian wunderkind LNDFK (Linda Feki) returns with another single, ahead of her debut album release in February. “Ku” is a sonic journey through jazz, future soul, and experimental electronic sounds, bridging the gap between Hiatus Kaiyote-esque songwriting, Dilla’s rhythmic syncopation, and Thundercat’s instrumental prowess (LNDFK has shared a stage Brainfeeder labelmate Kamasi Washington). Inspired by the graphic novel and film, “Sin City,” and its female assassin protagonist Miho, “Ku” is a musical interpretation of Miho’s story, incorporating both her beauty – the first half of the song – and murderous tendencies – the second half – to create a stunning juxtaposition, culminating in an ambient finale that suggests the character’s vulnerability and inner peace.
“Ku” follows LNDFK’s two previous singles, “Don’t Know I’m Dead or Not (feat. Chester Watson)” and “How Do We Know We’re Alive (feat. Pink Siifu), which blur the lines between alternative R&B, jazz, and underground hip-hop (featuring two rising stars of the American alt-rap scene). These tracks caught the attention of Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, Clash Magazine, Noisey, and Brooklyn Vegan, among many others, and have been on constant rotation on numerous BBC radio stations (being championed by the likes of Gilles Peterson, Tom Ravenscroft, and Jamz Supernova), as well as landing spots on tastemaker playlists like Spotify’s “Pollen” and “Fresh Finds.” “Ku” marks LNDFK’s first solo single from this campaign and shows another side of her talents.
LNDFK is a singer and songwriter, born of two cultures – an Italian mother and Arab father. She grew up in Naples, away from her father, the Sahara, her homeland and traditions, which has helped nourish the desire to rediscover – through art – an engagement to her roots. Her music melts with jazz, neo-soul and hip-hop influences, filtered through her experiences and sensibility.
Her first EP, “Lust Blue,” was composed with the artistic production of Dario Bass and released by Feelin’ Music; after that she released several singles that saw international radio support (BBC, NTS, Wordwide FM) and gained a massive audience on digital platforms. Together with her band, she toured around Europe, performing alongside such notable artists as Kamasi Washington and Mndsgn, among others. Her last appearance on the stage was at the Primavera Sound Festival 2019 in Barcelona.
“Ku” is out today, while her debut LP, “Kuni,” is due out on NYC label Bastard Jazz Recordings in February, 2022.