January 2022 - Keven Porter Jr is a driven, direct, and forward-thinking artist with a truly one-of-a-kind vision. Keven’s recent studio effort is a stunning new EP entitled "Not Without You." This release is very balanced and extremely diverse, making for a special combination of different genres and influences. Each track was written, produced, recorded, and stars Keven Porter Jr. Supporting musicians hail from Spain, Canada, Italy, Morocco, America, Brazil, Denmark, and Ukraine. Post-production was mixed and mastered in the Netherlands.
The raw edge of electronic music blends in together seamlessly with the ultimate melodic sensibilities of modern pop and R&B, echoing the work of influential artists such as Prince, The Weeknd, BTS, and Michael Jackson, only to name a few. In addition to the broad musical and creative coordinates of this project, Keven also complemented the music with some outstanding lyrics. The wordplay is witty and direct, combining great vocal melodies and powerful dynamics, with heartfelt songwriting. This is the kind of release that feels very deep and personal, yet it has a very relatable feel that makes it easy to relate to. The EP features 5 tracks, including the upcoming music video short track “Fake People,” which serves as a fantastic example of how diverse and engaging the sound of this EP is. The track combines modern pop-hooks with massive bass synth vibes and a beat with so much energy! This is only one of the many highlights that you can expect to hear.
One of the most interesting and striking features of this release is its remarkable consistency. Not many artists can easily pull off a project that features such a wide variety of elements and influences. The most obvious risk is that the material can end up sounding quite disconnected and loose - but this is not the case. Keven is a master at creating organic, cohesive, and consistent vibes, which flow well throughout this release. The performances are loaded with passion and integrity, while the production aesthetics are excellent. The mixing quality is world-class, with some amazing definition in the top end and lots of punch in the low-end and midrange. The results sound warm and present, yet never harsh or fatiguing, which is quite an amazing achievement, particularly in this genre!
For this EP Keven set the bar high, delivering something catchy and direct - yet forward-thinking and challenging in the best possible way.