When was the last time music made you really smile? Not just that moment of recognition or a private memory – we’re talking music that jumps out of the speakers with that lightning in a bottle sparkle that hits all the right spots. Been a while? Well, Brisbane’s CKNU are just what you need.

While they may slide effortlessly across the genre map, CKNU make music that when stripped back, exists to make you have a good time. This is soul with a sly grin.

From start to finish their thumping new EP Louder is pure joy. Of all their recordings to date, this is the one that captures the band’s now stellar live show. There’s that bottom end rooted in funk and hip-hop; that playfulness that finds them slipping from reggae to R&B; and right out front those stunning harmonies that have become a signature sound led by brothers Sah and Tito.

Largely recording in a home studio the brothers, alongside band mates Big Daddy T, Jay Jay and George Waqairagata, took their time to get the songs and the sound just right. Experience and maturity as a band helped them understand there was no rush – and first single "Can’t Get Enough" is testament to their commitment and growing song writing smarts.

That deeper connection as a band has been built off countless shows including numerous headline shows alongside appearances at festivals including Clancestry, Pacific Sounds and the national BIGSOUND music industry showcase.

“This band looks the part of a damn fun crew, and that vibe completely comes through.” Maggie Collins, triplej


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