Kadhja Bonet has returned with her first new music since the release of her 2018 album Childqueen, sharing the new single “For You”, which arrives today via Ninja Tune. The track is a personal and heartfelt ode to creating space for yourself and “showing up for yourself in any form that may take”, she says. The track showcases her undeniable talent as a vocalist and songwriter but also hints at a new alternative direction for the artist, “I wanted to create something new for myself, not to overthink or be held onto a certain genre,” she explains.
Following a run of collaborations with Childish Gambino, Free Nationals, SiR and Anderson .Paak, Bonet was recently featured on Khruangbin’s “Mordechai Remixes” project and opened for the group at Red Rocks Amphitheater.‘For You’ finds her excited to “shift gear” and work on her own music again, arriving after an extended period of reinvention and reflection. “My forced hiatus from music has created an urgency in brand redirection,” says Kadhja. “I began making music to get to know myself and fortify connections, and in many ways, I have derailed from that intention. I reflect on my last few years as a recording artist and see someone trying desperately to fit the mold, despite making music that does not. To be pretty, to be liked, to be relevant, good, or accepted”.