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KANII "Pretty Photos"

Updated: Nov 27, 2023

PHOTO: Garrett Bruce

November 17, 2023 (Los Angeles, CA) – Today, genre-blurring DMV-born artist Kanii (pronounced Ka-Nee) releases the anticipated new EP it was nice knowing u. via Masked Records/Warner Records. The 8-track project features a variety of tones, textures, sounds, and sensibilities, including his irresistible new single and video for “pretty photos,” a moody anthem with a deep groove. . Earlier this week, Kanii was announced as the main support for half of PinkPantheress' 2024 US tour, including April 30th in Los Angeles at Hollywood Palladium. Additionally, he is scheduled to play Rolling Loud in Inglewood, CA, on March 15th.

The new EP kicks off with the title track, which boasts a soundscape of haunting chords and bouncing production. The project also features the Twin Shadow-produced standout “nightcrawler,” a synth-drenched and romantic "marry me"," viral smash "sins (let me in)," and the cinematic dance track “scary.” Among the project's many heaters is Kanii's adventurous new single “pretty photos” that arrives with an artful video showcasing Kanii as a photographer and videographer tastefully capturing two muses on grainy film.

While discussing it was nice knowing u, Kanii says, “It's a sonic step forward in my artist direction that ultimately encapsulates the familiarity of the older vibe and introduces the new vibe, making room for my following vision." He then encapsulates it in one word: "Retrofuturism.” The EP follows the arrival of the sultry “BABY I’M HOME," a viral collaboration with fellow rising stars Odetari and 9lives. 

Prior to that, Kanii joined forces with Riovaz for "waiting alonE" and dropped his critically acclaimed 8-track project exiit. Ever since dropping his RIAA Gold Certified viral hit "I Know," the momentum has been building for the newcomer. “I Know” entered the Billboard Hot 100 in Spring, while “I Know (PRISVX Edit)” climbed into the Top 50 of the US Spotify Chart and Top 120 of the Global Spotify Chart, amassing north of 235 million global streams in addition to over 10.1 million YouTube views. 

Hailing from Washington, D.C., the former Duke Ellington School of the Arts student has built a diehard social media following with his ambitious pop creations. Now with, it was nice knowing u, Kanii takes his creativity to the next level, delivering wholly original pop gems that you can’t help but dance to.

it was nice knowing u Tracklist:

  1. it was nice knowing u

  2. pretty photos

  3. scary

  4. marry me

  5. demon girl (interlude)

  6. sins (let me in) [Remix]

  7. nightcrawler

  8. sins (let me in)


January 25, 2024 - London, UK - Colours

January 26, 2024 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Bitterzoet

January 27, 2024 - Berlin, Germany - Lark

March 15, 2024 - Inglewood, CA - Rolling Loud


Sat Apr 06 – Detroit, MI– Saint Andrew's Hall

Sun Apr 07 – Toronto, ON – The Danforth Music Hall

Wed Apr 10 – Montreal, QC – Théâtre Beanfield

Fri Apr 12 – Boston, MA – Royale

Sun Apr 14 – New York, NY – Brooklyn Paramount

Wed Apr 17 – Chicago, IL – Metro

Sat Apr 20 – Nashville, TN – Brooklyn Bowl Nashville +

Mon Apr 22 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues Dallas +

Wed Apr 24 – Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall +

Thu Apr 25 – Austin, TX – Emo's Austin +

Sun Apr 28 – San Diego, CA – The Observatory North Park +

Tue Apr 30 – Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Palladium +


+ With Kanii 

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