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Video of the Moment #726: K’Naan

By on Sunday, 4th March 2012 at 10:00 am

Canadian/Somalian rapper K’Naan (pictured above and left with his buddies from Keane) has a new video out for ‘Is Anyone Out There?’ with fellow Canuck Nelly Furtado. The song itself is a bit existentialist, and it’s a bit sappy, but it sends the right kind of message. Which makes the ending all the more disappointing. And upsetting. I guess it’s trying to show “real life”? (Funny, my dad said the reason why mobile phones were banned in schools back when they first came out was because of the potential of what delinquent kids did with them to make money, and that’s what’s happening in here too.) Watch the video below.


Video of the Moment #249: Keane (feat. K’Naan)

By on Monday, 12th April 2010 at 6:00 pm

Keane, of stadium piano rock fame, will be releasing a new EP later this spring. The EP is purported to feature two collaborations: one with Somali-Canadian rapper K’naan, and the other with female Japanese MC Tigarah. Keane’s composer Tim-Rice Oxley will even come out from behind the usual spot behind the piano to take lead vocals on another track on the EP.

The collaboration with K’Naan, ‘Stop for a Minute’ (previously reviewed on TGTF), was released to radio stations a couple weeks ago to mixed reaction because it seems to indicates a step in the r’n’b/soul / hip hop direction for the more middle-of-the-road Keane. I welcome the band’s growth into this new musical phase of their career, even if it’s for a fleeting moment. (And I’ll admit, the opening sequences nearly made me tear up, because in light of tours and summer festival announcements, I miss blighty an awful lot right now. Heart-tugging lyrics like “sometimes I wonder why I was ever born” didn’t help the cause either!)


Keane’s EP ‘Nighttrain” is scheduled to be released on 10 May worldwide. The band will be playing around in more unusual venues this June in the UK on their special forest-themed tour.


In the Post #51: Keane – Stop for a Minute (feat. K’Naan)

By on Wednesday, 10th March 2010 at 12:00 pm

English piano rock outfit Keane have been known for their uplifting, piano-driven tracks (think ‘Somewhere Only We Know’) from their debut album ‘Hopes and Fears’ (2004) through their most recent release, ‘Perfect Symmetry’ (2008). While their use of piano as their primary instrument rather than guitar is certainly different than most other bands out there, they’ve never strayed far from this distinctive Keane sound. If the track ‘Stop for a Minute’ is anything to go by, then that’s all going to change with their upcoming EP, ‘Night Train.’

Seeking to experiment with their sound, last summer Keane collaborated with a number of people, most notably Kanye West, but their most fruitful collaboration was with Somali/Canadian rapper K’Naan. They recorded two songs for the EP with the socially conscious musician, including ‘Looking Back’ and ‘Stop for A Minute.’ Lead vocalist Tom Chaplin has said “I think those tracks show us in a completely different light,” and I have to agree.

But for any fans worried about their new direction, it’s still distinctly Keane. In fact, ‘Stop for A Minute’ sounds exactly like what you’d expect if you put a rapper on a Keane song. The track has a stronger, more hip-hop inspired beat than most Keane songs, but the piano and Tom’s powerful vocals are still there in full force. While Tom Chaplin and K’Naan trade off on vocals throughout the verses, they’re both singing – the only actual rapping happens in the bridge, and it’s integrated seamlessly. So take a deep breath, Keane fans, and enjoy this irrepressible track. As it says on their website, “It’s still Keane, and it’s still ace. Trufax.”

‘Night Train’ will be released on CD and available for download on 10 May, and you can pre-order a special numbered edition of the EP through the Keane Store right now by clicking here. They will be touring the UK in June, read our ticket alert for more information, and click below to purchase tickets for the remaining three dates that aren’t sold out.


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