For Astralwerks artist, Kito, the joy of music has always been about finding a way to introduce the world to sounds it's never heard before.
Coming up as a DJ in Australia's dance music underground, she'd dive into the internet in search of forgotten bangers and ecstatic new gems, doggedly searching for anything that felt fresh. "It was about finding an undiscovered thing," she says. That’s clear to anyone who tunes into the producer’s technicolor tracks, where rich vocals swirl with wild percussion, every synth tone is unexpected, and each new song is, well, like nothing you’ve ever heard before. Her career, too, has been powered by unpredictable twists and turns. Just as she’s moved across the globe — Perth to London to Los Angeles — Kito’s found homes at tastemaking electronic labels along the way: Busy P’s Ed Banger Records, Diplo’s Mad Decent, and the venerable Astralwerks. She’s also remixed Beyoncé, been sampled by Big Boi, produced an array of artists (Jorja Smith, Mabel, Banks), and populated her prismatic 2018 solo EP, Haani, with genre-hopping guests spanning Broods to Trinidad James to Hudson Mohawke. Her most recent collaborations with Empress Of (“Wild Girl”), Alunageorge ("Alone With You") and FLETCHER ("Bitter") shed light on Kito’s approach to futurist pop: Dipping into left-field sound palettes, she infuses otherwise satisfyingly simple tracks with complex emotions, creating dance cuts for listeners who are down to cry in the club.