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24.10.2019, Words by dummymag

Premiere: SOPHIE collaborator Kota Banks shares luxe pop anthem 'BIG BUCKS'

It's “both a commentary and satire on capitalism and 21st century greed"

When you can count both SOPHIE and Cashmere Cat as collaborators, you must be doing something right. Through these, as well as her own forward-thinking sounds, Australian newcomer Kota Banks has positioned herself firmly within the world of hyper-futuristic pop.

Having spent her formative years in Italy, where she took opera lessons as a kid, Kota Banks has since moved back to Aus, honing a style that serves to empower as well as sound like pop 2.0.

‘BIG BUCKS’, which we’re premiering below, sees Banks wrapping luxe, breathy harmonies around a steely instrumental produced by fellow Aussie and longtime collaborator Swick.

Signed to Nina Las Vegas’s NLV Records, Kota Banks describes the track as “both a commentary and satire on capitalism and 21st century greed, and me grappling with and acknowledging that I’m part of the problem.”

“’BIG BUCKS’ is a daydream I had whilst in London about living luxe, wearing designer brands and staying in nice hotels,” she adds. “The lyrics are quite exaggerated, and so in a sense it’s also intended as a commentary on how when this daydream becomes a reality it can be dangerous.”

It follows ’20 Missed Calls’ and her Swick-produced ‘PRIZE’ mixtape, and you can tune in exclusively below.

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Related: Listen to Nina Las Vegas’s Dummy Mix

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