Returning in a sparkling pop creation via a proven collaboration, we see platinum producer Felix Cartal and celebrated songstress Kiiara defy the usual industry standards and allow their creativity to guide them on their latest single.
“Happy Hour” is an uplifting tune paired with wry, personal lyrics that will provide the next anthem for 2021, out now via Physical Presents. Who needs romantic perfection when you have radiant happiness and a drink in your hand?
Felix Cartal says about the song: “The idea and lyrics for this song were created during a writing session in Norway. I think my time in Scandinavia was really beneficial to my songwriting process because they have this effortless approach to pop writing. We had a breakthrough when we started thinking of juxtaposing ‘Happy Hour’ with darker lyrics. It kind of all fell together once we figured out how to attack it, and I dub it my ‘uplifting loser anthem.’ It felt sort of pop, but sort of unconventional, and to have Kiiara feature on it was unreal because I felt that her pop music has that same unpredictable quality.”
Kiiara tells us about the collaboration: “Felix and I have been meaning to work together on an original song of our own for years. I’ve always been a fan of his work. I remember him sending me a remix of my song ‘Feels’ a few years back and I was blown away. I’m really excited about our new song ‘Happy Hour.’ It’s a melodramatic emo anthem (lol that’s both of our specialities).”
With over 270 Million Spotify plays and counting, Vancouver based Felix Cartal has three platinum singles “Get What You Give” “Love Me,” and “Mine” under his belt, as well as an award for Dance Recording of the Year at Junos 2020. His music has been featured on major Youtube channels Trap Nation, Mr. Suicide Sheep, Mr. Revillz, Chill Nation, Selected, and xKito amongst others, accumulating over 90 Million views. He has also seen support from BBC Radio 1’s Danny Howard and Diplo & Friends and SiriusXM Chill has also heavily supported several singles, while his Weekend Workout radio show was featured on SiriusXM Diplo’s Revolution. Felix has collaborated with several major artists such as Kaskade, R3HAB, and Gallant; additionally, he has created official remixes for the likes of Selena Gomez, Zedd, Galantis, Dillon Francis, MØ, Ellie Goulding, Diplo and more recently, Anne-Marie & Doja Cat as well as Daya & Shallou’s “Older.”
Kiiara’s breakout single “Gold” reached no. 5 on Billboard’s US Top 40 charts and over 675 million streams alone. In total, she’s amassed over 2 billion streams across platforms. The singer has been featured by several industry mammoths including David Guetta, Linkin Park, and Cheat Codes. Kiiara has also collaborated with blackbear on the single, “So Sick” which was recently remixed by Martin Jensen. “Happy Hour” is the first release since her debut album “lil kiiwi” from October 2020.