Hyperpop meets RnB in Kota Banks’ new single + video ‘Dreamhigh’

May 26 2022



Photo by Danny Draxx

‘Australia’s rising stars of hyperpop’
The Guardian 

“Ability to make unique sounding tracks with memorable hooks”
triple j Unearthed

“Bouncy pop production”

“Serpentine delivery”
Paper Magazine

“Sparkly electro textures”
The Atlantic 

“Futuristic pop queen”
Fashion Journal

“A stellar pop confection”
Clash Magazine

“A breath of fresh air”

“Modern, futuristic, and most importantly, EXCITING”
Purple Sneakers

“Brassy confidence”

Kota Banks today returns with her new single + video ‘Dreamhigh’, out now via NLV RecordsWATCH HERE + LISTEN HERE.

The Eora / Sydney-based artist continues to build upon a futuristic and melancholic hyperspace, as offered in her previous release ‘Mutual XO‘. Produced by frequent collaborator Ninajirachi and with a visual accompaniment directed by The Sesh, Dreamhigh‘ is another display of Kota’s forward-thinking hyper pop and alt-RnB; yet another soundscape seeking to fuse various genres of her influence. 

A melting pop of sharp cutting beats, RnB-influenced melodies and spellbinding production, ‘Dreamhigh‘ offers the listener the type of sonic transcendence that is often unridden by contemporary pop sensibilities. The lush sounds underlay Kota’s fantastical romantic projections. Of the track, Kota shares, “It’s about being intensely into someone and being frustrated because you don’t live close to them. So at the time, I was just kind of conjuring up all these fantasies to compensate for the distance.”

Watch: ‘Dreamhigh’ Official Video

Kota Banks has kicked off 2022 strong, with ‘Dreamhigh’ futhering Kota’s foray into the digital world with her ongoing NFT projectthat features ‘UP!‘ and ‘Put it On Me‘, alongside two ‘Mutual XO’ launch parties in both Sydney and Melbourne and appearances at This ThatFestival. Known for her infectious melodies and clever tongue-in-cheek lyricism, Kota Banks masterfully dissects groundbreaking experimentation with the spectrum of exhilarating pop music. Having garnered over 40 million streams on Spotify from her debut PRIZE mixtape, 2020 Sweet & The Spice EP and Ninajirachi-collaborated EP True NorthKota has solidified her position as a local trailblazer, being hailed by TheGuardian as a “rising star of hyperpop” and “melody-chasing pop” by Junkee amongst others including BillboardThe AtlanticNMEClashJunkeeAcclaim and PaperMagazine

Alongside her own growing catalogue and Cashmere Cat collaborations, Kota also wrote and performed with the late groundbreaking producer SOPHIE on the track ‘Not Okay’ from the 2019 Grammy Nominated album ‘Oil Of Every Pearl’s Un-Insides’Empowerment and experimentation are the pillars of Kota’s work, set to propel the artist into the pop stratosphere nationwide and beyond.

‘Dreamhigh’ by Kota Banks is out now, buy/stream here

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