Moscow singer and producer, Kedr Livanskiy gives another glimpse into her forthcoming album Your Need today with new single, “Sky Kisses“. V Magazine debuted the track and also spoke with Livanskiy on her array of inspirations from Soviet folk to art-house film.
After her breakout album, Ariadna, which put her on the forefront of Russia’s burgeoning electronic scene, Kedr felt lost with her identity and was searching for the direction of her next chapter. For a while she felt trapped by her own image and needed quite some time to resolve this internal dissonance – to grow, to evolve.
DJ’ing was the main catalyst to pull her out of this rut. The art form shifted her inspiration to mainly old school styles of dance music: ghetto, house, breakbeat and UK garage. For the prior year and a half she was listening to ambient, kraut-rock and more experimental genres – one can hear the brighter, more energetic influence of early electronic music in the songs on Your Need.
One day she was talking with her friend Flaty (Zhenya), a very talented artist from St. Petersburg who’s signed to the GOST ZVUK label, and they decided to do a single together. He came to visit her in Moscow, but they ended up spending 10 whole days writing music together, from dawn to dusk. They vibed off each other’s musical ideas perfectly and understood each other even without speaking. Zhenya is a beatmaster and pays attention to even the smallest details of a track. He brought incredible richness to the composition and Kedr considers him her teacher in this area.
Your Need is like a chapter of life. It’s a story that illustrates different scenarios and moods that our mythical hero experiences, living in an urban jungle. From lost love to a bad trip on the dance floor, from euphoria to deep introspection. Our hero sometimes feels bold, lost or devastated, but also tender and full, like all of us at some point in life.
Your Need sees its release May 3 on 2MR. This Friday Kedr performs at NYC’s Black party alongside Marie Davidson, VAAL, DJ Seinfeld, Mano Le Tough, Guy Gerber and more. For more info go here.
May 3, 2019
1 – Your Need
3 – Why Love
4 – Lugovoy (November Dub)
5 – Bounce 2
7 – Your Need (Deep Mix)
8 – LED
9 – City Track
Kedr Livanskiy Live Dates:
04/05: Brooklyn, NY – Black NYC at Avant Gardner
06/03: London, UK – Electrowerkz
08/03: Berlin, GE – About Blank
09/03: Brussels, BE – Botanique
10/03: Amsterdam, NE – Garage Noord