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    Tue, 04 Feb 2014 09:19:53

    Pay Attention 2: Kesington Kross - By ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino...

    Our latest "Pay Attention 2" artist is none other than Southern California's Kesington Kross—also known as KES.

    His Audio Justice EP is available as a free download right now (and streaming below), and it erects a majestic crossroads between eighties synth-drenched R&B, dreamy sex pop, and even clattering industrial rock. Musically, Kes is downright fascinating. However, his voice reserves him a place in the vocal pantheon for this century and the next. He sounds seductively cathartic as he croons, "Fuck my redemption" during the EP's opening track "Redemption". Then, he slips into the bedroom come-hither of "Horses", announcing "Horses make her horny". It's a ride through the night of epic proportions culminating on the gospel-size chant of "Carry On" and desert bliss of "Arabian Paradise".

    You want a peek at the future? Take one listen to KES. R&B may never be the same. Meet its new leader.

    Rick Florino

    Have you heard KES yet?

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