Fresh off an electropop banger featuring vocalist Kiiara, Ekali strikes again with an impressive collaboration with electronic superstar Illenium and rookie vocalist Chloe Angelides on “Hard To Say Goodbye.”
Ekali and Angelides experienced surprisingly similar entrances into the music scene: Ekali’s come up was lofted by his writing credit for Drake, and, while still a relative unknown as a performer, Angelides has received numerous writing credits for recognizable artists across the spectrum of top 40 – Jason Derulo, Nicki Minaj, Pitbull, Selena Gomez, Ariana Grande, and Demi Lovato, to name a few.
Illenium needs little introduction – as if the reputations of his peers are not dazzling enough – with his third full-length release, ASCEND, topping this year’s Billboard Dance/Electronic charts with supporting appearances from a spectacular list including Jon Bellion, The Chainsmokers, Said the Sky, and X Ambassadors among others.
The track resulting in the collision of these resumes, “Hard To Say Goodbye,” plays into the styles of an intuitive production pairing with the pop sensibilities of both DJs culminating for a soothing but somber instrumental. The resonant, melodic backtrack contrasts the plinky trap percussion providing a musically diverse foundation for a beautifully confessional, freshman vocal performance by Angelides.
Winding down an all-star year for both Illenium and Ekali beside an inspiring debut from Chloe Angelides, it is merely a waiting game to see what heat these artists will bring in the new year. Until then, “Hard To Say Goodbye” leaves us with a wonderfully melancholy tune to pacify broken hearts through cuffing season.
*Side Note* Congrats to Ekali on his recent engagement to fellow DJ Sam Blacky!