I first took notice of KUČKA’s genius on Flume’s second album, Skin. Paired with Vince Staples on ‘Smoke & Retribution’, her sublime hook proved the perfect accompaniment. Despite a quiet couple of years, comeback track ‘Drowning’, released on LuckyMe, more than made up for her absence.

Ominous rumbles of bass trade blows with warm synths and KUČKA’s croon, while she unpicks the overwhelming homesickness that enveloped her after moving to Los Angeles. Amongst the cold electronics that form its sumptuous melody, KUČKA ensures, lyrically, there’s always a human heart beating at its core. Quite simply, it’s a formidable way to mark her return.

After collaborations with SOPHIE, A$AP Rocky and Cosmo’s Midnight, as well as high-profile support slots with the likes of Mount Kimbie and Mura Masa, 2020 is the year KUČKA finally steps out on her own. Something tells us she’s going to do perfectly fine.

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