Kina, Mokita – I’m Not Going Back (feat. Mokita) (Spotify)

“Kina unites his fans with his signature emotional and vibrant sound. His extended single I'm Not Going Back with Mokita delivers warmth with captivating voice and the beautiful rhythms of indie pop music.”

“Kina объединяет своих фанатов своим фирменным эмоциональным и ярким звуком. Его расширенный, совместный с Mokita и Mishaal сингл I'm Not Going Back согревает теплотой своего пленительного голоса и ритмами инди-поп музыки.”



Platinum-selling producer Kina has shared his latest track “I’m Not Going Back” featuring Nashville-based singer Mokita. Listen HERE. The song blends Mokita’s rich, unique vocals with Kina’s signature lo-fi beats and is released today alongside a lyric video. Watch HERE.

In speaking about the collaboration, Kina says: “"I discovered Mokita thanks to Spotify shuffle – I remember when ‘Colorblind’ started playing; I was shocked and kept this song on loop for a long time, so I needed to make a song with him…and now here's ‘I'm Not Going Back.’ We worked remotely because of the COVID situation (and because I'm in Lisbon and he's from the US), but the song was born in an incredibly difficult but inspirational period that I was living in. I'm so happy with the final result simply because it completely represents my mood during that period of time."

Mokita adds: “‘I’m Not Going Back’ was one of those songs that I wrote really quickly, it happened in like 15 minutes. I wrote it about battling addictions and just how much easier it is to feed your addictions than it is to work at a relationship. I’ve been sober for almost 2 years now, and I remember the morning that I finally woke up and knew I was done... I kept repeating the title in my head, ‘I’m not going back.’ I think that can apply to so many things that are unhealthy for us. We kinda have to preach to ourselves against our demons and addictions, and remind ourselves why we stepped away. I have been a fan of Kina’s for a while so when he reached out about this song it was a no brainer. Super excited for everyone to hear it and grateful he wanted to work together on this one.”

“I’m Not Going Back” follows the release of Kina’s “Tell Me About You” (feat. Mishaal) late last year as well as his recent collaboration with Cavetown on “Sharpener’s Calling Me Again.” In April 2020, the 21-year-old producer released his debut EP Things I Wanted To Tell You, featuring the likes of Au/Ra, Pink Sweat$, and Adrianna Proenza. Included on the project is Kina’s breakout hit “Get You The Moon” (feat. Snøw), which has accumulated over 2.5 billion streams worldwide and is RIAA Platinum certified in the US, Mexico, Australia, Sweden and Canada. Furthermore, his track “Can We Kiss Forever” has tallied 2 billion+ streams globally. Kina’s music continues to grow and resonate with listeners, now surpassing over 11M TikToks created using his songs.

Stay tuned for more from Kina coming soon!

About Kina:

Italian producer Kina broadcasts his secrets through lo-fi pop transmissions teeming with the emotion and release of a midnight confession. His bare honesty registers on a global scale with an understated, yet seismic impact. Since 2017, the Naples-born Italian producer and artist has quietly emerged as a bona fide phenomenon with over 5 billion streams, Platinum certifications, acclaim from Refinery29 and Idolator, and an average of 10 million monthly listeners on Spotify.

His breakthrough 2018 single “Get You To The Moon” [feat. Snøw] initially exploded on Tik Tok as Columbia Records called and signed him. Eventually, the track garnered a platinum plaque from the RIAA, appeared in an episode of On My Block, and posted up 1 billion total streams and counting. It also paved the way for his 2020 EP, Things I Wanted To Tell You. Inspired by a stint in Lisbon, the latter boasted the gold-selling “Can We Kiss Forever?” [feat. Adriana Proenza], “Where R U?” [feat. Pink Sweat$], and “Feel Again” [feat. Au/Ra], which Clash praised as a “wonderful future pop bouncer.” Along the way, he also remixed music for Natalie Taylor, StaySolidRocky, and many others.

About Mokita:

For some artists, music might be an exercise in aesthetics, written emotionally guarded at arm’s length, or from the perspective of another. But for artists like Nashville’s Mokita, it’s an unrelentingly honest, deeply personal, unwaveringly confessional form of expression, an outlet to tackle the sincerest of subjects many songwriters are all-too-often afraid to address with such candor, in a style that bridges Mokita’s classical training and singer-songwriter upbringing with his work as a producer and a penchant for crafting layered and atmospheric modern electro-pop.

While 2019’s 4201 marked Mokita’s debut EP, a string of singles, remixes, stripped down releases, and collaborations had already netted the independent artist hundreds of millions of streams in the preceding years, leading to collaborations with artists like R3HAB, Lost Frequencies, and most recently, Ella Vos. Though still operating as a writer and producer within Nashville’s flourishing pop scene and beyond, and tackling remixes for an eye-popping array of national talent, it’s his own work, the earnest culmination of a lifetime of musical experience, that most definitively sets Mokita apart, as he continues to rise through the ranks as an exciting fixture of the electronic and pop scene.



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Reviewed by Nagamag on March 1, 2021