Ready for the heat? Mykki Blanco and KariFaux bring the ghosts of Y2K all the way into the 21st century on their new track “Summer Fling” which was inspired by the millennium musical production of Missy Elliot and Timbaland. Mykki reveals, “I wanted ‘Summer Fling’ to feel like a song I could have heard at my middle school dance, maybe it’s because those were the years in which I was coming of age. Y2K aesthetics still influence me heavily at some point in the creation of my songs. I always feel like the Y2K vibe haunts its way into the room and makes its presence felt on my records.
Summer Fling’ is essentially about ghosting someone, it’s a playful song about the weird ups and downs of dating. I loved writing this song and it got even better when I recruited rapper and vocalist Kari Faux to be on the track. Kari’s delivery is slick and charged up, she takes no prisoners with her bars. She adds a layer of bravado and feminine mystique to the song. In addition to her verse that she wrote, she also contributed to the writing of the hook.
“Summer Fling” is the latest single ahead of Mykki’s highly awaited mini-album, Broken Hearts & Beauty Sleep which will be released on TransgressiveRecords June 18th via all DSPs. The physical formats will be available October 1. It marks Blanco’s first official release in nearly five years since their debut full-length Mykki album.
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Mykki returns to the stage this Saturday, June5 as part of OUTLOUD Raising Voices’ Pride kick-off concert which takes place at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The three day lineup includes Hayley Kiyoko, Sofi Tukker, Adam Lambert and more. For more info and tickets go here.
It’s been just over a decade since the moniker ‘Mykki Blanco’ was created — first as a video art project portraying a teenage female character posting vlogs and raps on social media, but it inevitably evolved into a vehicle of self-discovery in the artist’s journey of forming their personal self-identity.