The wait for a new Kelela album is almost over. On Wednesday morning (October 19), the vocalist dropped a nightclub-oriented music video for “Happy Ending,” the song produced by LSDXOXO and Bambii. The visual follows her Yasser Abubeker-directed “Washed Away” music video from September, where the singer, whose real name is Kelela Mizanekristos, filmed in the Ethiopia’s Danakil Depression desert plain.
LSDXOXO last collaborated with Mizanekristos on the “Truth or Dare” remix on her 2018 remix album Take Me a_Part, The Remixes. Additional contributors on the album included Kaytranada, Serpentwithfeet and DJ Lag, with additional features from Princess Nokia, Junglepussy, Cupcakke and Ms. Boogie on “LMK (What’s Really Good).”
Nodding towards her forthcoming sophomore album, in a recent interview with Dazed, Mizanekristos discussed the recent revival of dance in mainstream Black music, reintroduced by Beyoncé (Renaissance) and Drake (Honestly, Nevermind).
“There are a lot of implications for historically marginalised artists with big-name artists wanting to make electronic dance music,” she said. “My hope is that it leads to something concrete for dance music and the historically under-resourced artists who are and have been making dance music. I want more people to develop a sense of pride in the artform as a whole. For me, that’s a really important thing. Because Black dance music is a healing knowledge, you know?”
In anticipation for Kelela’s new album, watch the “Happy Ending” music video, co-directed by Alima Lee and Kelela below.
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