NIKI KENNEDY: THEAUSSIEWORD.COM Single Review – The Last Night (Dancing With You)

Vancouver based music artist Niki Kennedy has just released a compelling new pop track, The Last Night (Dancing With You). The young singer, songwriter,and musician, whose multi-cultural upbringing, solo immigration, andcommentary associated with her towering presence have activelyshaped her story as an artist, was inspired to ask an important and quite appropriate question during the recent COVID lockdown: ‘If it were the last night of the world… how would you chooseto spend it?’

This theme inspired her to write this ultra-catchy new track. New Zealand born Niki moved fromAuckland to Toronto, Canada, at the age of sixteen to attend theRandolph College for the Performing Arts to pursue her artistic ambitions. She has since released her debut EP The Weather Up Here in 2018 and featured in Broadway World, No Depression, VENTS Magazine, Dancing About Architecture, Independent Artist Buzz, and more; onCJIM Montreal, Seattle Wave Radio, Alt Rock Radio, Bell TV, Shaw TV, andeTalk/CTV. The Last Night (Dancing With You) is not only a sleek and enticing track with a relatable concept but a genre-defying blend of pop, dance, and R&B, with Niki’s sensuous vocal highlighting a series of well-crafted melodic hooks.

As Niki says about the track’s background, ‘It’s about the hope that comes from envisioning whereyou want to be instead of accepting where you’re at.’ It kicks off with a hip-hop infused groove that sets the track’s template, segueing into Niki’s feverish verse vocal. From this point, the track maintains a sense of energy to deliver a mix of synths, beats, tasteful guitar lines, vocal layers, and a strong chorus hook. Penned by Niki, produced by Shane Stephenson of Listening Party Recordings, and mastered by Greg Calbi (Tame Impala, Taylor Swift) at Sterling Sound, The Last Night (Dancing With You) is sure to elevate Niki’s profile and go on to be a huge hit. 

Vince Leigh for THEAUSSIEWORD.COM.

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