Not too long ago, genre-blending DC vocalist Kanii @kanii_o (pronounced Ka-Nee) released “tell me,” a soaring new collaboration with Riovaz (@riovaz) and Nimstarr (@nimstarr) under the moniker The Heart Racers. Laced with emotional lyricism and energetic retro production, the track is accompanied by an equally compelling music video that arrives ahead of their upcoming EP, “The Heart Racers,” releasing on February 23rd via Masked Records/Warner Records.
The Heart Racers – “tell me” (Music Video)
In the video, Kanii — alongside his collaborators Riovaz and Nimstarr, turns a bowling alley into their party; a fitting accompaniment for a track laced with sonic nostalgia.
With new wave production and expressive vocals, “tell me” sees The Heart Racers dive deep into the depths of romantic conflict and personal transformation. Laying into the up-tempo track, Kanii lets loose lyrics that feel like loving surrender. Emotional, yet exuberant, “tell me” is a song that pulls at the heartstrings on the dancefloor.
Kanii, Riovaz & Nimstarr
“tell me” is just the latest sign of Kanii’s all-around talent — chic vocals and a stylistic malleability that enables him to easily shift between sounds and emotions. It follows the November release of “it was nice knowing u,” a virtuosic EP coated in transparency, romance, and kaleidoscopic production. With his refined songwriting technique and all-around talent, the project has already picked up millions of streams, building off the success of his “exiit” EP, a project he released last June 2023.
Kanii – “I Know” (Official Music Video)
Kanii’s RIAA Gold-Certified viral hit “I Know” entered the Billboard Hot 100 last 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 264M global streams. To date, Kanii has earned over 486M global streams and has been covered by notable media outlets.
The Heart Racers
Following a sold-out headlining tour in Europe, fans can see Kanii’s expansive skillset in full effect when he accompanies PinkPantheress as main support on her forthcoming US Tour. Additionally, he is scheduled to play Rolling Loud in Inglewood, CA, on March 15th. From the charts to the stage, Kanii is in the middle of a level-up poised to continue.
Kanii – “it was nice knowing u” album
“it was nice knowing u” finds Kanii trading in dancefloor-ready beats and dynamic synth melodies to create addictive refractions of R&B. Kanii may still be a teenager, but he already displays the songwriting chops of a seasoned veteran. It’s a blend of old-school wisdom and new-school ingenuity, informed by the music he grew up listening to plus the digital recording software he taught himself to use.
Kanii acknowledges his influences but refuses to be pigeonholed: He wants to be boundless. Throughout “it was nice knowing u,” Kanii shows he isn’t willing to rein himself in or commit to any one musical subgenre. His brilliance as a songwriter lies in his ability to fuse strands of pop, R&B, and Jersey club—and all sorts of otherworldly sounds beyond that—into a style that feels informed by just about everything you can think of, while never sounding like any one thing in particular. He takes the familiar and makes it sound wholly new.
The Heart Racers – “tell me” Single
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