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Tough" by Kat Knix - A Vivacious Blend of R&B, EDM, and Post Pop


Cover art for Kat Knix's single 'Tough'
Cover art for Kat Knix's single 'Tough'
Kat Knix Unleashes a Cohesive and Energetic Single with "Tough"

Kat Knix’s single ‘Tough’ is a feel-good pop track that bends the rules to breaking point. The song is built on synths and brass tones that bubble and broil atop a thick and pulsing percussion foundation. There’s a lot of colour flying around, pinks and blues thrashing in the skies, dark greys and browns flowing beneath your feet. In the mids, cool air, a flush of bright light, and a vocal to lead you home.


The single holds a lot of modern influence in its sound. From R&B to EDM to Post Pop. There’s a lot to unpick but what is obvious from the get-go is the most important thing — nothing clashes. For a song with such diverse and strong influences, you would expect some of the gears to clog, some of the bolts to snap. But my oh my is everything cohesive. The beat flicks and pounds, it keeps you steady under the EDM melody that runs amok in the midsection. Over that, the vocals; bright, staccato, poppy. Then the chorus hits and they fall into a darker place, harmonies build them up and twist them. Gravity takes hold of the sound.


Promotional photo of Kat Knix
Promotional photo of Kat Knix

‘Tough’ is a single that keeps growing even after you’re done listening to it. At first, it sits there, floating in the mist of synth. Then the beat grounds it, then the vibe evolves it. What keeps you on the straight and narrow is that vocal. It changes with the melody, it grows and shrinks, it shifts in colour and attitude. But it is constant, ever-present, and comforting. Kat Knix has delivered an uplifting single that uses a wide array of musical elements to keep us in it, glued to the sound. It’s thick, it’s bold, and it will never let you go. A fiery and fierce single, full of harmony, beat, and power.



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