One of Australia’s fastest rising pop acts, Sydney-based singer/songwriter Kota Banks today shares a mouth-watering new single “Fiorentina” feat. Capo Lee, out today via NLV Records.
Rich with flavour, the three-minute track is lauded by Banks as her current favourite, illustrating the pop gem’s lyrical prowess in turning a cheeky song about playing FIFA towards a celebration of her Italian heritage. A string of infectious hooks glide across the addictive staggering beats of sonic curator Swick, and interject vocals from North London rapper Capo Lee on the dynamics of two people playing the game, to create a groove-driven track drenched in laidback vibes, served with a side of attitude. The track’s artwork was shot at Kota’s Nonna’s house and marks a timely arrival ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
“Fiorentina is just me flexing and repping my Italian heritage,” says Kota Banks. “I’d been working with Swick for months on the mixtape, and knowing he loves to play FIFA, I’d been telling him I was going to make a song about it. It actually started as almost a joke for me, but as we worked on it, I realised how much I resonated with it culturally, and how much I needed a song on the project that evoked Italian flavour. This song is probably my favourite on the tape. My nonna gets down to it when she cooks.”
Included in today’s release, is an Italian version of “Fiorentina” complete with silky Italian lyrics sung effortlessly by Banks, illustrating the singer’s vocal capabilities and artistic depth to again push the boundaries of her existing genre. With a charming change in language almost undetectable due to her relaxed and infectious vibe, the version is a not to be missed accompaniment to the soulful, sugar-coated track.