Dream Team Kiiara & Felix Cartal Release “Happy Hour” Single Out Now
Returning in a sparkling pop creation via a proven collaboration, we see multi-platinum singer-songwriter, KIIARA, and platinum producer Felix Cartal defy the usual industry standards and allow their creativity to guide them on their latest single. “Happy Hour” is an uplifting tune paired with wry, personal lyrics that will provide the next anthem for 2021, out now via Physical Presents. Who needs romantic perfection when you have radiant happiness and a drink in your hand?
“Happy Hour” is the first release since KIIARA’s debut album, lil kiwi (here), late last year; which featured a collaboration with rapper blackbear, “So Sick,” Entertainment Weekly referred to as “…a bittersweet breakup song that gives the “Gold” singer’s usual blend of electropop and trap a breezy twist. And while blackbear is exactly who you’d want on a track that acts as a playful middle finger to an ex, it takes on a fun new meaning when you realize the two artists briefly dated.”
Kiiara tells us about the collaboration: “Felix and I have been meaning to work together on an original song of our own for years. I’ve always been a fan of his work. I remember him sending me a remix of my song “Feels” a few years back and I was blown away. I’m really excited about our new song “Happy Hour. It’s a melodramatic emo anthem (lol that’s both of our specialities)”.
Felix Cartal says about the song: “The idea and lyrics for this song were created during a writing session in Norway. I think my time in Scandinavia was really beneficial to my songwriting process because they have this effortless approach to pop writing. We had a breakthrough when we started thinking of juxtaposing “Happy Hour” with darker lyrics. It kind of all fell together once we figured out how to attack it, and I dub it my “uplifting loser anthem.” It felt sort of pop, but sort of unconventional, and to have Kiiara feature on it was unreal because I felt that her pop music has that same unpredictable quality.”
KIARRA, with over 1.1 billion streams worldwide, is known for her smash hit “Gold” [watch here], which was released via SoundCloud the summer of 2015, leading to a recording contract with Atlantic Records. “Gold” has racked over 675M streams, peaking at No. 5 on the Billboard U.S. Top 40, and went on to reach RIAA multi-platinum certification. In 2016, she released a debut EP called low kii savage, which led to performances on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon, Lollapalooza, and her first sold-out headlining tour. KIARRA teamed up with one of her longtime idols, Linkin Park, on the Gold-certified track “Heavy” [watch here]; which earned them a nomination for Top Rock Song at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards. Variety spoke highly of her most recent single [watch here] stating; ““Open My Mouth” boasts a subtle, yet highly effective chorus featuring the stylized, skipping, staccato-esque vocal chops that are both her artist signature…”
With over 270 Million Spotify plays and counting, Vancouver based Felix Cartal has been featured by major Youtube channels Trap Nation, MrSuicideSheep, MrRevillz, Chill Nation, Selected, xKito amongst, others accumulating over 90 Million views. He has also seen support from BBC Radio 1’s Danny Howard and Diplo & Friends and SiriusXM Chill has also heavily supported several singles, while his Weekend Workout radio show is also featured on SiriusXM Diplo’s Revolution. His sound can be compared to those of the industry greats of Avicii, Kygo and Calvin Harris. Felix Cartal’s singles ‘Get What You Give’ and ‘Love Me’ are certified platinum in Canada with ‘Love Me’ (with celebrated songstress LIGHTS) also winning the Dance Recording of the Year at the Junos 2020.