Killy

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Sur­ren­der Your Soul

Since his 2017 vi­ral sen­sa­tion “Kil­la­m­on­jaro,” Toronto artist Killy has been push­ing the nee­dle of in­de­pen­dent suc­cess sto­ries, fi­nally re­leas­ing his an­tic­i­pated de­but, Sur­ren­der Your Soul. Free from a la­bel, distri­bu­tion deal and with­out any flashy co-signs, Killy wants you to know that he’s def­i­nitely not an in­dus­try plant. “I passed on mil­lion dol­lar of­fers so I could give y’all this project ex­actly how I en­vi­sioned it,” Killy tweeted about the re­lease of SYS, a project that is a mere 25 min­utes in length, but still man­ages to pack a healthy punch. High-traf­fic sin­gles “Dis­tance” and “Kil­la­m­on­jaro” were dropped ahead of the al­bum’s re­lease and con­tinue to carry the most weight, with their dis­tinctly catchy beats and haunt­ing lyrics. The screech­ing “No Sad No Bad” pro­vides a kalei­do­scopic jour­ney for the ears, while the Wondagurl- and Y2K-pro­duced “Dooms­day” opens up a dif­fer­ent kind of feel with moody gui­tar chords and a som­bre, al­most heavy metal vibe. Per­haps the most in­ter­est­ing thing about him will be to see how the 20-year-old stands up as a new in­dus­try con­tender. Af­ter gain­ing a lot of well-de­served at­ten­tion, will Killy con­tinue to pump out vi­ral hits while re­main­ing an in­de­pen­dent artist? (In­de­pen­dent)

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