“For You” By Kadhja Bonet

"For You" by Kadhja Bonet is Northern Transmissions Song of the Day. The track is the first single for her new label Ninja Tune
Kadhja Bonet photo by Carlos Gonzalez

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”.

Over the past few years, Bonet has toured with Mitski, Anderson .Paak and shared the stage with the likes of Willow Smith, Hiatus Kaiyote, Nick Hakim and many others.