The two members of Kinder – Ghanaian-Australian siblings Savannah and Briony Osei – have spent a lot of time in Newcastle over the past few years. But when it came time to work on their next release, they knew they needed to leave. So, the Oseis travelled to Jono Ma's studio in Byron Bay to work with Ma and producer Jonti Danilewitz.
The resulting EP, the four-song Akwaaba, teems with the excitement that comes from getting back in a room with good friends and making music that revolves around bodily movement.
"When we were making this new EP, it was the first time we had worked, in real life, face-to-face with people since the lockdown," Kinder said in a statement. "We can't explain how motivating and exciting it was, back to doing what we love."
The pair's excitement is written all over the EP's opening track, 'Keep Up', which was released as a single back in October. 'Keep Up' is pure dance floor fodder, featuring crashing waves of house beats and a pick and mix of delectable vocal melodies.
The whole EP is rooted in electronic production but characterised by a feeling of effortlessness that one might associate with the natural world. This could be a result of the serene setting in which it was created.
"It felt surreal to be somewhere so beautiful, surrounded by nature, and the sound of birds, on really our first trip out of Newcastle in a long time," Kinder said.
Akwaaba also features the recent single 'Gettin' On Ova' and the techno influenced 'The Take Away', as well as an extended mix of 'Keep Up'. Ma and Danilewitz are credited as co-writers and producers on each song and it's a potent combination.
Kinder's new EP arrives just six months after their previous effort, the four-song Yenko, which included collabs with A.GIRL and Gold Fang. Savannah and Briony Osei recently appeared on the lineup for the inaugural Summer Camp Festival and have slots booked in for VANFEST in Bathurst and Ice Cream Factory in Perth before the year is out.
Kinder were also announced on the lineup for Tassie's Party In The Paddock next February.