Premiere: NTHNL – “Make It Up” (feat. Caroline Kuhn)


“Make It Up” represents the second collaboration from producer NTHNL and vocalist Caroline Kuhn. NTHNL, the project of Brooklyn-based producer and multi-instrumentalist Jake Rudin, infuses a bossa nova feel amidst twinkling synths and vibrant vocals. Lyrically, the track is “about overcoming social anxiety to dance with a crush at the function.”

The track’s production is a great complement to Kuhn’s timeless vocal presence, reminiscent of Carole King. The vocals stretch out fully in moments like 01:40, where a hopping synth line builds gradually. “Make It Up” is a track we’re very happy to premiere, exuding synth-laden bossa nova feels with guitar flourishes and a great vocal lead.

“Make It Up” and other memorable tracks from this month can also be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of December 2019’ Spotify playlist.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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