Lilan Kane – “TKMO”


The soulful “TKMO” (Time Keeps Moving On) is an engrossing track from Lilan Kane, inspired by the artist’s “love for Roy Ayers.” Smooth, mellow vocals express in several layers, as suave guitars and keys assemble an entrancing introduction. The track’s two-minute mark sees a lovely expansion – “time keeps moving on,” – amidst funky guitars and a bouncy bass line. The track overall presents an aesthetic soulfully consuming, with a suavely engaging vocal presence leading the way.

Kane elaborates more on the track below:

“”TKMO” (Time Keeps Moving On) was written two months into quarantine as a way of dealing with feeling stuck, loss of work as a performing musician and loss of motivation to create. Inspired by my love for Roy Ayers, I wanted to feature live vibraphones on this track. It is the first song I self-engineered and produced, generally I’m a touring and studio musician, so this was a really different approach. It’s my first solo release since 2016, this song provides a relaxed feeling of hope, and also exploring the reality that only time will keep moving and it is up to us to decide how we want to use it.

I created a demo track on Logic then and had musicians record remotely and send in their parts. It features: Chase Jackson on vibraphones (Joshua Redman), Marcus Philips on bass (Jennifer Hudson, Toni Tony Tone, Ledisi), and Mike Blankenship on keys and synth (Lauryn Hill, Sy Smith).”

“TKMO” and other memorable tracks from this month can also be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of March 2021’ Spotify playlist.

The track is also featured in the genre-based, best-of Spotify compilation Emerging Indie Soul.

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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