Two years since he’s released an original, KRANE comes back with full force with “Tell Me Why,” the first single from his next album. Dreamy piano chords and ambient textures accompany the gorgeous vocals of the R&B-influenced singer Malika, who previously teamed up with Snakehips for the track “Put It On Me.” Organic percussion rhythms and complex drum fills play off of driving basses and contemplative vocal hooks throughout. Blending together electronic styles with an R&B and hip-hop sensibility, KRANE does what he does best, setting an emotive mood and inviting listeners into his diverse world of sound design.

Though he hasn’t released much new music lately, he’s been staying busy, curating a sample pack on the music creation platform Splice and announcing a potential collaboration on the way with trap artist graves. With a sophomore album due out later this year, fans thankfully won’t have to wait as long for the next original from the forward-thinking producer.

“Tell Me Why” is out now on Dim Mak.

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