Joony and Kelz are the duo we didn’t know we needed.
Easily two of the most interesting new wave acts to blur the lines of hip-hop and R&B, the dynamic pair’s crossover couldn’t make more sense. Together, they combine their forward-thinking melodic styles to create a catchy, mellow vibe not quite like anything you’ve heard before on “One Track Minded.”
“One Track Minded” is the perfect introduction to Joony and Kelz’ unique approaches and respective signature sounds. Joony’s smooth vocals open the track with a catchy hook that features his distinct twang and cool-confident flow, gliding over the light and vibey production from Aiko. About halfway through, Kelz’s unmistakable voice floats in for a free-flowing verse that showcases his distinctly tender vocals that caught the ears of the industry last year.
While Joony has been building his sound and his loyal fanbase over the past several years, he fully arrived in 2022 with a national tour following his impressive Pretty in Black album — as well as several notable collabs with Jordan Ward, Sainté and a soon-to-be RIAA gold-certified standout performance on Brent Faiyaz’s Wasteland. On the same day that he announced “One Track Minded,” Joony previewed an additional upcoming collab with Highway, another mysterious rising talent with a penchant for moody melodies and yet another perfect pairing for the DMV native.
Kelz is already off to a strong start in the new year. “One Track Minded” follows his recent single “Good 2 Me,” his most upbeat offering yet as he continues to build on the momentum and uniquely tender vocal style set in motion by his breakout single “Sinner” — which took NYC by storm in 2022 with his intensely original sound that bucks all the city’s current trends.
It’s no secret that Kelz and Joony are poised for big years. In their own ways, both rising young stars find themselves at the perfect sweet spot between hip hop and R&B, and with fully-baked signature sounds that are in prime position to take over the mainstream in 2023.
Listen to “One Track Minded” below￼