Urban Vault Exclusive: Neka & Kahlo ft. Hanif & Illmaculate – Runaways Part II (Audio Premiere)

Neka & Kahlo first made waves in 2014 with their debut Hip Hop single ‘Alchemistress’, which appeared on BuzzFeed.

The track “… burst the genre apart at the seams, bringing rock, pop, and electronic dance music into something that I don’t think Portland has ever quite heard before – Portland Mercury“.

The duo view their differences as a source of inter-sectional power. They see music in technicolor – fashioning drums, high hats and baselines which they wear with pride. They favor nutrient dense lyrics, well seasoned with emotion and bravado. What you hear is a garden of fragrant possibility – a form of self expression that defies the senses and subverts identity constructs.

As the pair put it, “We pray to the god/dess of many faces”.

Multi-talented producer / vocalist Neka ‘Fugitive Girl’ Perini offers up a sinister, trap-infused anthem with a wildly infectious hook. Sonically, the track echoes some of the dark anxiety of an Eminem and Rihanna collab but the production sets itself apart by cultivating a decidedly more uncompromising tone for the verses that follow.