Kota Banks shares enthralling new pop-centric track ‘Mutual XO’

March 4 2022


Photo by Billy Zammit

‘Australia’s rising stars of hyperpop’
The Guardian 

“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”

Eora / Sydney-based artist Kota Banks today returns with her latest pop-tinged track ‘Mutual XO’LISTEN HERE.

Kota Banks’ music feels like reading her own personal journal, a sonic amalgamation of intimate deep in the throws of navigating love, and ‘Mutual XO’ is no different. As a melody heavy exploration into the alternative sides of Kota’s influences, ‘Mutual XO’ delves into unrequited crushing and the frustrations that follow. Fusing raw, hypnotic synths and bouncy pop production, the track ties together another example of Kota’s ability to lead listeners into a futuristic and melancholic hyperspace. 

Featuring production from Naarm / Melbourne producer SwickKota finds herself in an explorative direction. She shares, “I made Mutual XO with my musical partner in crime of 4 years, Swick! We were in the studio messing around with some ideas, and I told him I really wanted to write a pop-dance track à la Britney… something cute and flirty and fun. It’s a song about unrequited crushing and the frustration that comes along with that as a confident woman who knows her worth and can’t understand why a person wouldn’t see that too! I think the cover art for this song might be my favourite I’ve ever made. Word to my amazing visual collaborators Billy Zammit and Adam Dal Pozzo.” 

‘Mutual XO’ follows Kota’s foray into the digital world with her forthcoming NFT project NEVER AGAIN!, set to be released through SERENADE in April. 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 and single ‘Empty Streets’, Kota 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.

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

Sat Mar 5 – This That Festival, Toorbul Point/Sandstone Point QLD
Sat Mar 12 – This That Festival, Mulubinba/Newcastle NSW
Thur Apr 28 – Mary’s Underground, Eora/Sydney NSW 
Fri Apr 29 – Colour Club, Naarm/Melbourne Melb VIC

Tickets available HERE

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